The Department of Economics offers two honors degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Economics Honors and the Bachelor of Arts in Economics Honors. The Department of Economics also offers honors sections of some courses and the Senior Honors Thesis course (ECON 49900) which is the capstone of our honors experience. In addition, the Economics Department hosts an annual awards ceremony each spring to honor our outstanding students, present them with the Distinction in Economics Award and invite them to join the international honors society in economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon.
Each year during the spring semester, the Department of Economics sends invitations to students who have qualified for membership in the Purdue chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon. The requirements for membership through the Purdue University Mu Chapter of Indiana are:
- Complete at least 4 upper-division Econ courses (300-level and above)
- 3.5 or higher GPA in all Econ courses
- 3.0 or higher overall GPA
- Current undergraduate student in good standing
Students do not need to be econ majors to be eligible for membership in Omicron Delta Epsilon. The invitation is highly selective; the average GPA across all Econ courses is a 2.8. Among the benefits of membership are a one-year subscription to The American Economist, the opportunity to submit papers for publication in the same journal, the opportunity to submit a paper for the Frank W. Taussig Article Award, and certification of the high quality of your undergraduate academic performance in Economics at Purdue University.