EALC awards Departmental Honors to majors as an acknowledgment of exemplary work in the major. This notation will appear on the transcript, but not the diploma. There are three categories of Departmental Honors: Distinction, High Distinction, Highest Distinction in Chinese Language & Culture or Japanese Language & Culture.
EALC Departmental Honors
- No formal application.
- Prime and second majors are eligible.
- Students seeking “High” or “Highest Distinction in EALC” must complete the requirements of the Department’s Latin Honors program (either track).
- For all EALC Honors, students must participate actively in Department-run or recommended events, such as special lectures, conferences/symposia, workshops, or films.
Distinction in EALC:
- Must have a within-major GPA of ≥ 3.65 at the time of graduation, and not have participated in the department’s Latin Honors program.
High Distinction in EALC:
- Must have a within-major GPA of 3.65 to 3.85 at the time of graduation, and have participated in the department’s Latin Honors program.
Highest Distinction in EALC:
- Must have within-major GPA of ≥ 3.86 at the time of graduation, and have participated in the department’s Latin Honors program.
- (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) are phrases that Washington University grants for undergraduate work that deserves special recognition. Latin Honors are awarded by the College of Arts & Sciences and are, therefore, attached to the degree, not to the major. These honors are printed on the diploma and on the transcript (with the degree information).
- Student must apply.
- Invitation to the Honors Program requires overall and within-major GPA ≥ 3.65. Must maintain overall GPA ≥ 3.65 through the either semester.
- Level of Latin Honors received will depend upon GPA cut-offs at the College level.
- Refer to the EALC Senior Honors Thesis Guidelines for details on applying to the department's Latin Honors.
- This designation is noted on a student’s transcript (in the “Milestones” section) and is automatically awarded to all Arts & Sciences students who graduate with an 8th-semester, overall GPA of 3.5 or higher and who have not participated in a department’s Latin Honors program. In other words, it is not possible for a student to receive both the “College Honors” designation and a (level of) Latin Honors.
- Students can earn both College Honors and “Distinction in EALC,” subject to meeting the requirements of both designations.
- Students can earn both Latin Honors and “High Distinction in EALC” or “Highest Distinction in EALC” subject to meeting the requirements of both designations.