Latin honors are conferred at graduation on students whose achievements are above those required for the bachelor's degree. Latin honors are noted on students' diplomas and transcripts. Three levels of Latin honors are available to students.
Cum laude is the first level of Latin honors, and requires students to meet GPA requirements; no additional project is involved. Cum laude honors are automatically earned by Communication majors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in 39 hours of Communication courses.
Magna cum laude and summa cum laude
These are higher Latin honors that require the completion of a semester-long project during the senior year. A Latin honors project requires five to seven hours of work each week throughout the semester. Magna or summa cum laude honors are determined by the quality of the project the student completes; summa cum laude honors are the highest Latin honors available. The completion of a Latin honors project does not cost any money, and the project does not count as hours completed toward the 39 hours of Communication credit needed to fulfill the requirements for the major.
Students who want to initiate a magna cum laude or summa cum laude Latin honors project should meet with the undergraduate advisor in Communication, Dr. e.j. Yoder, the semester before they plan on doing the project. Dr. Yoder will help students locate the most suitable faculty member in the Communication Department to direct the project. The supervising faculty member and Dr. Yoder will evaluate the project at the end of the semester to decide whether students qualify to receive magna or summa cum laude honors.