Senior Honors Thesis
Writing a senior thesis is an excellent way for students to build upon their economics coursework and pursue research that is meaningful and interesting to them. It also allows students to hone the skills they’ve developed and apply frameworks and knowledge in a way that develops an even greater analytical perspective.
Writing a senior thesis requires organization, planning, and focus. Students interested in writing a senior thesis should consult the Senior Honors Thesis Guidelines. The guidelines document describes the philosophy behind the senior thesis and walks you through the process of selecting a topic, engaging a faculty adviser, and registering for the two-semester senior honors thesis seminar.
Past thesis students have found this experience richly rewarding. Read the testimonials below to learn how the opportunity to work closely with a faculty adviser and to think critically and deeply about a significant intellectual problem of their own selection helped these BC alumni grow as researchers, analysts, writers and critical thinkers. While a thesis is arguably essential for students who intend to pursue graduate work in economics, it is also incredibly valuable for the majority of thesis students who follow other paths.
Students who are interested in writing a senior thesis should begin the process in the spring of their junior year (identifying a faculty adviser and developing a research idea in late March or early April). The resources below will help you learn more about the senior thesis and help you get started. Please reach out to Thesis Program Co-Directors Professor Michael Grubb and Professor Bob Murphy for help and advice.
- Senior Honors Thesis Guidelines
- Senior Honors Thesis Application Form (Due April 30 Junior Year)
- Senior Honors Thesis guide to selecting a topic and writing a topic proposal
- Thesis Program Co-Director - Professor Michael Grubb
- Thesis Program Co-Director - Professor Bob Murphy
- To see samples of past theses by economics students, please visit the eScholarship page on the BC Library’s website.
- Current and past years’ thesis topics