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Honors Program - Application & Requirements

Honors Program - Applications and Requirements for all undergraduate major programs

Majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 may apply for the honors program by submitting a senior thesis proposal to the honors committee during Winter or Spring Quarter of the junior year. The proposal must include the following:

  • a thesis outline;
  • a list of all relevant courses the student has taken or plans to take;
  • a preliminary reading list including a work or works in Chinese; and
  • the name of a faculty member who has agreed to act as honors supervisor.

If the proposal is approved, research begins in Spring Quarter of the junior year, or by Autumn Quarter of the senior year at the latest, when the student enrolls in CHINA 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis) with their faculty adviser. In Winter Quarter, students enroll in five units of independent study (CHINA 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis)) with the thesis supervisor while writing the thesis, and the finished essay (normally about 15,000 words) is submitted to the committee no later than April 15th of the senior year. Students enroll in EALC 198: Senior Colloquium in the senior year to polish and present their theses (instead of writing a capstone essay). Eight to eleven units of credit are granted for honors course work and the finished thesis.

Honors Program in Japanese

Majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 may apply for the honors program by submitting a senior thesis proposal to the honors committee during Winter or Spring Quarter of the junior year. The proposal must include the following:

  • a thesis outline;
  • a list of all relevant courses the student has taken or plans to take;
  • a preliminary reading list including a work or works in Japanese; and
  • the name of a faculty member who has agreed to act as honors supervisor.

If the proposal is approved, research begins in Spring Quarter of the junior year, or by Autumn Quarter of the senior year at the latest, when the student enrolls in JAPAN 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis). In Winter Quarter of the senior year, students enroll in five units of independent study JAPAN 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis) with the thesis supervisor while writing the thesis, and the finished essay (normally about 15,000 words) is submitted to the committee no later than April 15th of the senior year. Students enroll in EALC 198: Senior Colloquium in the senior year to polish and present their theses. Eight to eleven units of credit are granted for honors course work and the finished thesis.

Honors Program in East Asian Studies

Majors with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better in all courses related to East Asia may apply for the honors program by submitting a senior thesis proposal to the honors committee during Winter or Spring Quarter of the junior year. The proposal must include:

  • a thesis outline,
  • a list of all relevant courses the student has taken or plans to take,
  • a preliminary reading list including a work or works in Chinese or Japanese, and
  • the name of a faculty member who has agreed to act as honors supervisor.

If the proposal is approved, research begins in Spring Quarter of the junior year, or by Autumn Quarter of the senior year at the latest, when the student enrolls in 2-5 units of independent study. In Winter Quarter, the student enrolls in five units of independent study with the thesis supervisor while writing the thesis, and the finished essay (normally about 15,000 words) is submitted to the committee no later than April 15th of the senior year. Students enroll in CHINGEN 198 (Senior Colloquium in Chinese Studies), JAPANGEN 198 (Senior Colloquium in Japanese Studies), or KORGEN 198 (Senior Colloquium in Korean Studies) in the senior year to polish and present their theses (instead of writing a capstone essay). Eight to eleven units of credit are granted for honors course work and the finished thesis. One advanced level colloquium or seminar dealing with China, Japan, or Korea is required as well.

Honors Program in East Asian Studies, China Subplan

Majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 may apply for the honors program by submitting a senior thesis proposal to the honors committee during Winter or Spring Quarter of the junior year. The proposal must include the following: 

  • a thesis outline
  • a list of all relevant courses the student has taken or plans to take
  • a preliminary reading list including a work or works in Chinese; and
  • the name of a faculty member who has agreed to act as honors supervisor.

If the proposal is approved, research begins in Spring Quarter of the junior year, or by Autumn Quarter of the senior year at the latest, when the student enrolls in CHINA 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis) with their faculty adviser. In Winter Quarter, students enroll in five units of independent study (CHINA 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis)) with the thesis supervisor again while writing the thesis, and the finished essay (normally about 15,000 words) is submitted to the committee no later than April 15th of the senior year. Students enroll in EALC 198: Senior Colloquium in the senior year to polish and present their theses (instead of writing a capstone essay). Eight to eleven units of credit are granted for honors course work and the finished thesis.

Honors Program in East Asian Studies, Japan Subplan

Majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 may apply for the honors program by submitting a senior thesis proposal to the honors committee during Winter or Spring Quarter of the junior year. The proposal must include the following: 

  • a thesis outline; 
  • a list of all relevant courses the student has taken or plans to take; 
  • a preliminary reading list including a work or works in Japanese; and 
  • the name of a faculty member who has agreed to act as honors supervisor. 

If the proposal is approved, research begins in Spring Quarter of the junior year, or by Autumn Quarter of the senior year at the latest, when the student enrolls in JAPAN 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis). In Winter Quarter of the senior year, students enroll in five units of independent study JAPAN 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis) with the thesis supervisor while writing the thesis, and the finished essay (normally about 15,000 words) is submitted to the committee no later than April 15th of the senior year. Students enroll in EALC 198: Senior Colloquium in the senior year to polish and present their theses. Eight to eleven units of credit are granted for honors course work and the finished thesis.

Honors Program in East Asian Studies, Korean Subplan

Majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 may apply for the honors program by submitting a senior thesis proposal to the honors committee during Winter or Spring Quarter of the junior year. The proposal must include the following: 

  • a thesis outline; 
  • a list of all relevant courses the student has taken or plans to take; 
  • a preliminary reading list including a work or works in Japanese; and 
  • the name of a faculty member who has agreed to act as honors supervisor. 

If the proposal is approved, research begins in Spring Quarter of the junior year, or by Autumn Quarter of the senior year at the latest, when the student enrolls in KOREA 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis). In Winter Quarter of the senior year, students enroll in five units of independent study KOREA 198H: Senior Research (Honors Thesis) with the thesis supervisor again while writing the thesis, and the finished essay (normally about 15,000 words) is submitted to the committee no later than April 15th of the senior year. Students enroll in EALC 198: Senior Colloquium in the senior year to polish and present their theses. Eight to eleven units of credit are granted for honors course work and the finished thesis.