Hendrix College's mathematics program functions within
Hendrix's mission and its motto of
Unto the Whole Person while
providing an outstanding mathematics education, which can serve as good
preparation for graduate schools in mathematics-oriented disciplines,
careers in mathematics-related industries, or professional school
programs where analytical thinking is of the utmost importance.
Students graduating with a major or minor in mathematics learn to:
- Employ the methodologies used in mathematics,
including calculation, proof, discovery of new mathematics,
- Understand basic content and principles in each of the broad
divisions within mathematics: discrete (algebra and combinatorics),
continuous (calculus and analysis), and
geometric (linear algebra and topology).
- Master at least one field of mathematics to a depth beyond
that typical of a single advanced undergraduate courses in the
- Understand the motivation and aesthetic understanding
underlying mathematics, including the historical and cultural
context in which it was developed.
- Communicate mathematical ideas in written papers, oral
presentations, and group discussions. Possess the ability to
argue mathematical proof validity in both written and oral
Several emphasized components in our program help work
toward these learning goals:
- faculty representing the breadth of mathematics,
who prioritize active student learning,
- a program of support for student research and
- student laboratories outfitted with modern computing equipment
including computer algebra systems,
- a program of student activities beyond the classroom.
We will use the following techniques to assess how
well we have achieved our learning goals.
- The major requires each student to complete a senior thesis in
MATH 497. Our faculty evaluates each according to a rubric, and we
archive both the senior thesis paper and this rubric.
- We track research and internship participation by students
enrolled in the mathematics major or minor.
- We conduct an exit interview with each graduating
- We track the post-graduation destination of each student.
- We periodically survey recent graduates who have completed
at least one full year of post-graduation work.
- The faculty regularly meets to discuss the data collected
and the evidence of success or shortcomings in meeting the