Structure and additional coursework
The honours programme is a two and a half year programme that you follow in addition to following the regular Bachelor programme of Economics and Business. In the first two semesters of the Honours program you will attend and complete honours specific components (Honours Tutorial and additional Honours Assignments) of the following compulsory Honours Plus courses:
- Macroeconomics, A European Perspective
- Strategy and Organisation
- Intermediate Microeconomics, Games and Behaviour
Extracurricular activities and honours thesis
Students are expected to initiate and participate in various extracurricular Honours activities. Extracurricular activities are developed together with your fellow Honours students via different committees and should be to the benefit of the Honours community, U.S.E., UU, or society. Think of activities such as organizing a congress, a debate, a field trip, or helping people with a distance to the labor market. You are also excepted to actively participate and contribute to events organized by the honours committee and events organized by fellow honours students. Each year, you submit an Honours Portfolio in which you describe what you have done and what you have learned. You will finish the programme by writing an Honours Thesis. While writing the thesis, you have more freedom than non-honours students to incorporate your ideas and we expect more in terms of academic rigor and research methods.
Honours students are required to complete two additional Honours Courses. Of course, you are allowed (and even encouraged) to take more than two Honours Courses. The courses are listed below. Please note that some courses have limited places available and/or have special arrangements for registration. Some courses are offered in Dutch only.
- The Real-world Perspective
- Descartes cursus: Een waaier aan wetenschap
- Descartes cursus: Humaniteit: van robotica tot genetica
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- Honours Research Internship
The Real World Perspective (ECHRWP)
This course consists of discussions of recent (working) papers that are either published or aimed at publication in top-level journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Review. During the meetings, students will apply what they have learned about economics to real-world problems that they have a personal interest in.
Subscription for the course: email Honours Programme Economics on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Economics Challenges (ECHCECH)
This course focuses on some of the grand societal challenges that we are currently facing. Students are encouraged to register for the course Current Economic Challenges in year 1 of their bachelor program. In this way, you will get to know your fellow honours students and you will pick up valuable honours and research-related skills.
Subscription for the course: email the Honours Programme Economics at email@example.com.
Creating Societal Impact (USG4541)
This course is a selective honors course for students from the Law Colleges, the honours programme of the Utrecht University School of Economics, the Utrecht University School of Governance and University College Utrecht. The purpose of this course is to let you design, develop and implement interdisciplinary projects that have a concrete and direct bearing on society, and to let you experience boundary-crossing learning.
Our society is in need of interdisciplinary problem-solving. Many issues have become so complex that they can no longer be solved in a direct or simple way. These so-called ‘wicked problems’, such as socioeconomic inequality, integration of minorities, or the rising costs of the health care system, call for an interdisciplinary approach towards problem-solving, in which economic, legal, governmental, and other fields come together. By letting students from the departments of Law, Economics, Governance and University College Utrecht work together on such wicked problems, the Dean’s Honors Course will contribute to public value in our society.
Next to introductory sessions on topical wicked problems, interdisciplinary cooperation and public value, four task groups of four students will be formed. The task groups will be fully interdisciplinary, with one representative of each of the participating departments. In the task group, you select a recent and contested public issue that you both research from different disciplinary perspectives and for which you formulate a strategy to create public value related to the public issue at stake.
The result or the product of your work will be presented during a plenary (and public) meeting in the presence of the supervisors and the deans of the Faculty Law, Economics and Governance and the Utrecht University College. The so-called ‘products’ may have very different shapes: from presenting a report, a plan, an experiment to an exhibition or a short seminar with stakeholders.
Subscription for the course: Email Student Information Desk Governance on firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Health (BMW33214)
The course “OneHealth” has been developed to appeal to multidisciplinary Honours students from veterinary, (bio-) medical, and pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, students from management sciences, law or economics are encouraged to participate if they have a particular interest in this topic.
Students are actively involved in creating an interesting and challenging course. Subgroups of six students from different backgrounds choose their own theme for the whole course. Exemplary themes include One Health issues like Q-fever, MRSA, brucellosis, toxoplasmosis, avian influenza or MERS. Students are encouraged to contact experts on subjects not yet or incompletely covered in the course but required for their chosen topic or for all students in the course. Students will be stimulated to organize excursions to topic-linked destinations.
In the first weeks of the course, supportive and informative plenary lectures will be scheduled, presented by experts in every relevant discipline (clinical-, veterinary-, biomedical-, pharmacological-aspects, burden of disease, zoonotic outbreak management, considerations from the past). In addition, they will attend workshops to train their interdisciplinary research skills. Throughout the course, student groups will work on their own project, guided by a mentor, who will discuss problems and make plans on a weekly basis.
Subscription: via course coordinator Frank Coenjaerts (email@example.com).
Honours Research Internship (ECHRI)
U.S.E. offers Honours students the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of faculty members of the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) in the Honours Research Internship. During the internship, students will conduct a specific set of tasks related to the topic of the internship. By completing a Research Internship, Honours students are expected to be better prepared for the Honours Thesis. In addition, students gain a better understanding of how professional research is conducted and what the requirements are.
The number of internships that are available might differ from year to year. We seek to provide internships from all major research areas within U.S.E. (Economics, Applied Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship). Some internships may be multidisciplinary (i.e., combining economics with other disciplines such as mathematics, data science, geoscience, social science).
Available internships will be published on the Honours page of the Blackboard environment in June. Students need to apply for the internship positions. The exact application procedure and requirements are provided on the Blackboard environment and may vary per internship. Students do not receive any study credits for the research internship positions.