The Honors Program in Asian Studies
Honors candidates for the Asian Studies major must complete all regular program requirements, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by registering for ASIAN 395 and writing an Honors thesis. In order to help prepare for ASIAN 395, students are encouraged to take ASIAN 381: Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators at least one semester prior to the completion of their thesis. ASIAN 381 is designed to help students think critically about current topics within the field of Asian Studies and to choose a topic within their sub-concentration for the term's research assignment. This research assignment can often be expanded and used as a starting point for the ASIAN 395 thesis. Once completed, a recommendation for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies is made on the basis of the quality of the student's thesis and submitted to the Honors College.
It is recommended that students interested in pursuing an Honors major make an appointment with a department advisor by the Fall term of their Junior year.