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Bachelor's Essay

Department of Economics

Bachelor's Essay: ECON 499

The bachelor's essay is a year-long research and writing project normally completed during the senior year under the close supervision of a tutor from the department. The student must take the initiative in seeking a tutor to help in both the design and the supervision of the project. A project proposal must be submitted in writing and approved by the student's Bachelor Essay Committee prior to registration for the course.

The bachelor's essay is read and graded by a committee of three faculty, two of whom must be members of the Department of Economics. The student, in consultation with the essay tutor, will choose the members of the committee. The proposal should be submitted to the committee and approved by the committee two semesters prior to completion (Example, for a Fall registration, the proposal should be submitted in the previous Spring semester.) Students are normally registered for 3 hours of Bachelor's Essay in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students ordinarily will not be permitted to register for six credit hours of Bachelor's Essay in a single semester. The essay should be submitted to the committee by the first class day of April. This allows the committee time to suggest revisions, which should be completed to the satisfaction of the committee by the last day of classes. As a condition of course completion, bound copies of the final version shall be delivered to the tutor, the departmental office, the library (if the student is seeking departmental honors) and the Honors College (if the student is in the Honors Program) no later than the last scheduled day of final examinations for the Spring Semester.

Students may complete the bachelor's essay in the Fall semester. In this case, the proposal should be submitted and approved by the committee in previous Fall semester, at which time the student may register for the Spring semester. The essay should be submitted to the committee by the first class day of November. This allows the committee time to suggest revisions, which should be completed to the satisfaction of the committee by the last day of classes. As a condition of course completion, bound copies of the final version shall be delivered to the tutor, the departmental office, the library (if the student is seeking departmental honors) and the Honors College (if the student is in the Honors Program) no later than the last scheduled day of final examinations for the Fall Semester.

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