The St. Mary’s Project in economics is a two-semester experience. Students initiate the project, identify an area to be explored and propose a method of inquiry appropriate to the topic. A faculty mentor supervises the project research. The objectives of the St. Mary’s Project in economics are to furnish a vehicle for students to build on the theory and methods of economics learned during the first three years, to allow students to gain a high degree of expertise in the particular topic area they choose to study and to improve student research skills in organizational and planning competency, writing ability, and oral communication. The project must be shared with the College community through posters, presentations, or other means.