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Bachelor's

Honors Programs


Students who meet certain criteria and have been invited by the faculty of the appropriate language are encouraged to participate in the Department of Modern Languages honors program. Successful completion of this program by students majoring in French or Spanish leads to graduation with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. See French and Spanish (below) for details.

Honors in French

Students who complete all the requirements for the French major, meet the following criteria, and have been invited by the French faculty are encouraged to participate in the honors program. Successful completion of this program by students majoring in French leads to graduation with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude.

Cum laude

Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and French GPA of 3.8 or better; or overall GPA or 3.2 or better and French GPA of 3.5 or better and three credit hours of French 4840, Independent Study. The candidate must present the independent study topic for approval by the faculty honors committee by the end of the semester that precedes commencement of the project. At the end of the independent study project, and at least one month before the end of the semester, the candidate shall deliver an oral presentation based on the project to the faculty honors committee.

Magna cum laude and summa cum laude

Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and French GPA of 3.8 or better; and six credit hours of French 4840, Independent Study, spread over two semesters. The candidate must present the independent study topic for approval by the faculty honors committee by the end of the semester that precedes commencement of the project. At the end of the independent study project, and at least one month before the end of the semester, the candidate shall submit a written thesis to the faculty honors committee.

The designation of magna or summa will be the decision of the faculty honors committee.

Honors in Spanish

Students who complete all the requirements for the Spanish major and meet the following criteria are encouraged to talk with the Spanish faculty about participation in the honors program. Successful completion of this program by students majoring in Spanish leads to graduation with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude.

Cum laude

Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and Spanish GPA of 3.8 or better.

Magna cum laude or Summa cum laude

1. Overall GPA of 3.5 or better and Spanish GPA of 3.8 or better; and six credit hours of Spanish 4840, Independent Study, spread over two semesters. The candidate must present the independent study topic for approval by the faculty honors committee by the end of the first semester. At the end of the independent study project, and at least one month before the end of the second semester, the candidate shall submit a written thesis to the faculty honors committee.

The designation of magna or summa will be the decision of the faculty honors committee.