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 an Honors Thesis requires organization, planning, and focus. Students interested in writing a senior honors 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 advisor, and registering for the two-semester 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 advisor 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.
Senior Honors Thesis Guidelines Document
The final pages of the Guidelines provide a timetable for submitting a thesis proposal, along with the application form that accompanies your proposal. Students who are interested in writing a thesis, should begin the process in the spring of their junior year (identifying a faculty advisor and developing a research idea). Students who intend to pursue graduate work in economics are strongly encouraged to design and write a thesis.
Thesis Program Director - Professor Bob Murphy
To see samples of past theses by economics students, please visit the eScholarhip page on the BC Library’s website.
Senior Thesis Writer and Bourneuf Award Winner 2021
"At BC, I came to fall in love with the study of economics and found a home in the Department where I met some of my favorite professors and professional mentors."
2019-20 Senior Thesis Writer
"My experience as an Economics student was, in some ways, the most formative part of my entire time at BC. With the Economics major, as with anything, you get out what you put in-- and there is a lot to get out."
Giffuni Family Senior Award Winner
"I could not be happier with my decision to switch Economics from a minor to my major during my second year at BC. All my professors were excellent"