Majors can earn levels of Distinction in Mathematics as part of the major, or Latin Honors attached to their degree. These awards are not mutually exclusive as explained in more detail below.
- Awards for Distinction, High Distinction, or Highest Distinction in Mathematics are made by the Department of Mathematics. Both prime and second mathematics majors from any undergraduate division are eligible for these awards. However second majors will probably only work toward Distinction in Mathematics, since the High and Highest Distinction awards require a written mathematics honors thesis.
- Latin Honors are awarded by the student's undergraduate school. They are a part of the degree, not the major and are printed on the diploma. Latin Honors are at one of three different levels: cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. The undergraduate division that awards a student's degree (Arts & Aciences, Engineering, Business, ... ) sets the requirements for Latin Honors for that degree. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a recommendation from the student's major department as part of the decision to award Latin Honors, and each department sets its own requirements for making such a recommendation.
Both Distinction in Mathematics and Latin Honors become part of a student's permanent Washington University record. At the Department's Annual Awards Ceremony in April, we present each of these students with a set of honors cords to be worn as part of the academic dress at Commencement.