Asian Studies

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Honors Program in Asian Studies

The Honors Program in Asian Studies provides advanced undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage in focused and in-depth research on an issue of deep scholarly interest.


To graduate with Honors in Asian Studies, students need to complete a two-semester independent Honor's Thesis project on a topic of relevance in the field of Asian Studies. Majors who have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average in Asian Studies courses and a 3.3 overall grade point average are eligible to apply for an Honor's Thesis. Students also need to submit to the Director of Asian Studies a detailed research proposal by April 1st of the Spring Semester of their Junior Year and request a reference letter from their potential honor thesis advisor in support of the application. In consultation with the thesis advisor, the student will invite a second reader to read the honors thesis and to participate in a one-hour thesis defense with the student and the thesis advisor. The two faculty readers will then determine whether or not the thesis has met the requirements for honors, and whether the student will graduate with honors, high honors, or highest honors. Subsequently, students will also present their work at the Academic Spree Day either as a poster session or as a panel presentation.