Academic Recognition and Societies

Disciplinary Honors

Economics majors may apply to the Disciplinary Honors Program through the Lloyd Honors College once they begin taking ECO courses. This program requires students to complete special coursework in economics and undertake a Senior Honors Project – typically a major research paper or project.  Students have the option of studying overseas. To be eligible to enroll in this program, most majors must have a UNCG GPA of at least 3.30.

Program requirements:

  •  UNCG GPA of 3.30 or higher at graduation,
  •  at least 12 s.h. of honors course work with grades of A or B as follows:
    • 6-9 s.h. Honors course work in economics. Note: graduate-level course work (A.D.P.) qualifies as Honors for undergraduates.
    • HSS 490 Senior Honors Project
    • 0-3 s.h. of other Honors course work

For more information on Disciplinary Honors in Economics, students are encouraged to contact the department honors liaison, Dr. Stuart Allen.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)

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UNCG has been home to the Iota Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon – International Honor Society for Economics since 1973.  To become a member, students must fulfill the eligibility requirements set out below and must apply for membership status. Contact the department’s main office at 336-334-5463 or email for more information.

The minimum requirements for admission for undergraduates are:

  • completion of 15 credit hours of economics courses; and
  • attainment of a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better in economics courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Students should be making the study of economics one of their major interests.

Graduate students in economics are judged solely on their graduate work. They must have:

  • completed one semester of full-time work, with a major or minor in economics; and
  • attainment of a GPA of 3.0 or better.

A life-membership fee is paid by each prospective member of Omicron Delta Epsilon upon election to the Society. In return, the member receives a membership card, scroll and a year’s subscription (two issues) to The American Economist.

To apply for membership, print and complete this form (PDF format) and return it to the Department of Economics main office.

Members will  receive honors cords, a membership card, scroll and a year’s subscription (two issues) to The American Economist. An induction ceremony will be held near the end of each term to welcome new members.

The following are just a few of the benefits ODE members enjoy:

  • International recognition of scholastic achievement in economics.
  • A publication outlet for promising undergraduate and graduate student papers in The American Economist, the journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon.
  • Professional and social networking opportunities with ODE members at UNCG and other universities with Omicron Delta Epsilon chapters.
  • ODE sponsored meetings at the annual conventions of regional, national and international associations.
  • Eligibility to compete for the Frank Taussig and Irving Fisher Awards (both cash prizes and publication of essays).
  • Eligibility to compete for the Outstanding Student Leader Award.
  • One-year subscription to The American Economist.

No one shall be denied membership because of sex, race, color, creed or national origin.

To view more information about ODE, please visit the organization website at:

Phi Beta Kappa

Candidates for a degree in economics are also eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa on the basis of an outstanding academic record in liberal arts courses. In addition to having completed ninety hours of liberal arts courses, a student considered for election must have completed the equivalent of six hours of foreign language study at the intermediate college level (or pass a proficiency exam).  For more information about the honor society, please visit the Phi Beta Kappa webpage.