The Senior Year Experience ~ SYE

A requirement for all economics majors, and an option for combined economics-environmental studies and economics-mathematics majors, is a Senior Year Experience (SYE) course. SYE options include a senior seminar, senior independent project or a senior honors project. An SYE application required of all economics majors is due before spring break of the junior year.

SYE Senior Seminar (Economics 450). The purpose of the seminar is to provide an integrative experience for senior majors that will allow them to use what they have learned in previous courses to study a particular issue in economics. Writing, speaking and research skills will be emphasized. The issues and topics that form the basis of the seminar will vary by semester and instructor.

Descriptions of previous SYE Senior Seminars offered in economics are available here.

SYE Independent Project (Economics 489, 490). A senior major may do an individual study, under the supervision of a faculty member, which provides an integrative experience, allowing them to use what they have learned in previous courses to study a particular topic in economics. A written proposal is due before the last day of preregistration for the fall semester. Prerequisites: GPA of at least 3.0 in economics and approval of the department.

Senior Honors Project (Economics 498, 499). These courses are for senior majors who are eligible for department honors. Each student plans and writes an honors thesis under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member. Students have the option of one or two units of credit for honors projects. Prerequisites: GPA of at least 3.5 in economics and approval of the department.

A completed SYE application is due in Hepburn 102
before Spring Break of the junior year.

2013-2014 SYE Course Descriptions and application form are here.