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FutureStarrA How to Write Honors on Resume
Put Your Best Foot Forward With Your Resume. Make Sure You Include Honors on Your Resume and Understand What These Formal Acknowledgements Mean. You Should Include Honors for Three Areas of Your Education: Education, Career, or Other Activities.
Latin honors are a system of Latin phrases used in some colleges and universities to indicate the level of distinction with which an academic degree has been earned. The system is primarily used in the United States. It is also used in some Southeastern Asian countries with European colonial history, such as Indonesia and the Philippines, although sometimes translations of these phrases are used instead of the Latin originals. The honors distinction should not be confused with the honors degrees offered in some countries, or with honorary degrees.
The system usually has three levels of honor: cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. Generally, a college or university's regulations set out definite criteria a student must meet to obtain a given honor. For example, the student might be required to achieve a specific grade point average, submit an honors thesis for evaluation, be part of an honors program, or graduate early. Each university sets its own standards. Since these standards vary, the same level of Latin honors conferred by different institutions can represent different levels of achievement. Similarly, some institutions grant equivalent (or additional) non-Latin honors to undergraduates. The University of Wisconsin–Madison, for example, has a series of plain English grading honors based on class standing. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Choose where you will place your cum laude accomplishment. When including cum laude on your resume, the first step is to decide when you’ll place this distinction. You can include this achievement either in an awards and honors section on your resume or in the education section under your college or university name and city, the dates you attended the academic institution, and your major. If including cum laude in an honors and awards section, ensure you also add one or more additional recognitions in the section as well.
If you graduated with honors, you should include that detail in the education section of your resume. Do this even if your resume has a section for honors and awards. Your Latin honors should be listed under the relevant degree so that it is obvious when and where you earned them. This is especially important if you have multiple degrees listed in your education section. You don’t want to mislead employers in any way. For instance, if you have completed both an undergraduate and graduate degree, it should be clear which degree the Latin honors are associated with. (Source: www.resume.com)