Honors Program

Degree Description

During the spring semester of junior year, majors with a 3.5 GPA are considered for the Honors Program. The Undergraduate Committee selects from this group, based on the advice of the department faculty, those who have demonstrated the ability and promise to successfully complete the course and thesis requirements of the program. Invited students who wish to pursue honors then choose a thesis advisor and begin work on a research project that culminates in an Honors thesis, completed during senior year.

Recent honors graduates and theses


  1. Invitation by the department to join the program.
  2. Completion of BA or BS requirements in any of the department's major programs.
  3. Completion of an approved departmental graduate course.
  4. Submission and defense of a thesis, both of which are judged to be satisfactory by the thesis committee, by the College deadline.
  5. An overall GPA of 3.5
  6. For joint majors (MathPOLS, EconMath, MathCS) only

    -Joint majors may pursue honors in either department; however, they have to choose only one.
    -Joint majors need approval from both departments to participate in honors.
    -Joint majors should have one committee member from each department, and one committee member outside both departments for a total of 3 committee members.
    -Both departments must agree on and approve of the level of honors ultimately awarded.

Course Preparation

To be considered for the Honors Program students are strongly urged to take the following courses in (or prior to) their junior year.

  • Mathematics Majors: at least one of the sequences Math 411/412 or Math 421/422.
  • Applied Mathematics Majors: either the sequence Math 411/412 or both Math 315 & Math 321.
  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics Majors: the sequence Math 361/362 and Math 315

Important Notes for Honors

If students wish to satisfy the senior writing requirement with their Honors thesis, they must enroll for 4 hours of Math 495RW.

The Honor Program Coordinator is Professor David Zureick-Brown. Students interested in this program are urged to discuss it with Professor Zureick-Brown as early as possible.

Kristen Majors, Emory's Science Librarian, has created a Math & Computer Science Honors Research Guide to assist students with their research and writing. Please see the link below for the guide
Research Guide