Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Program

This program is designed to assist students in developing their analytical skills required to think clearly and coherently about economic matters and to apply their skill and knowledge effectively. It gives students the opportunity to get involved in academic research over the course of two quarters.

An honors thesis is an original, independent research project undertaken with the guidance of a faculty mentor and culminating in a research paper. The program is especially effective for students who:

  • want to develop research and writing skills for work in a wide variety of business related fields and careers
  • plan to study at the graduate level

Download this year's Honors Thesis Coffee Hour brochure and Honors Thesis Program Flyer


    In order to apply to the program, students must meet the following requirements:

    • Major in Managerial Economics

    • Senior standing

    • A minimum 3.5 GPA (overall)

    • ARE 100B

    • ARE 106 (may be taken concurrently)

    • ARE 155 (may be taken concurrently)

    Students interested in applying must:

    • choose a general area of research

    • develop a preliminary research idea

    Download the Undergraduate Honors Thesis Handbook & Library Research Guide for ARE Students 

    Please see application form at the bottom of this page. Applications due June 2, 2022.


    Students will be matched with potential faculty advisors based on their expressed interests during the spring quarter.

    Spring quarter

    • Contact thesis coordinator Dr. Kristin Kiesel, kiesel@ucdavis.edu, Social Sciences and Humanities, Office 2147

    Fall quarter

    • ARE 194HA
    • Submit final research question to faculty by 10th day of quarter
    • Attend honors student coffee hour

    Winter quarter

    • ARE 194HB
    • Submit final thesis to faculty advisor by end of quarter
    • Present research at department brown bag

    Students are also encourage to present at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference

    Completed Theses:







    *Note: Completed theses are available in the ARE Library


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    Honor's Thesis Program Application

    (e.g., junior, senior)
    Part of University Honors Program
    Please select which of the following classes you have completed or are currently taking
    If you already reached out to or have a faculty member in mind you would like to work with as a faculty advisor in this program, please briefly explain (e.g. you have taken a class with this professor, you have worked as a reserach assistant for this professor, you have discussed your research interests, you have reviewed their research interests and publications).