Distinguished Majors Program

Applications for students graduating in May 2022 are due Friday, March 19, 2021, by 11:59pm.

The Distinguished Majors Program brings the best undergraduates together in their fourth year to learn from each other, enter the intellectual life of the Department of Economics, discover the nature of research in economics, and write a thesis. Applications are due in March of the student’s third year. Applicants should have a strong overall academic record and a cumulative grade point average in economics of 3.6 at the time of application is recommended.

Specific requirements of the program include:

  • Each student must take the Distinguished Majors Seminar (ECON 4990) in the Fall of their fourth year.
  • Each student will complete a DMP thesis (ECON 4999), independent research under the supervision of an economics faculty member. The thesis is due in April.

Department recommendations for Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction will be based on:

  1. Quality of the thesis
  2. Overall work in the Distinguished Majors Program,
  3. Overall work in economics,
  4. Overall college record.


Questions about the Distinguished Majors Program may be directed to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

2021 DMP Theses: Links to pdfs of theses by the 2020-2021 class of distinguished majors may be found here.

2020 DMP Theses: Links to pdfs of theses by the 2019-2020 class of distinguished majors may be found here. 

THESIS TITLES 2000-PRESENT:  Theses from previous years are available at Alderman Library or in Monroe 253.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at either www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html or www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/grad.html.