Honors Requirements

Criteria and Deadlines for Honors Projects in East Asian Studies
  1. In all cases the student must have a GPA of 3.5 in the major by the end of the junior year. The proposed project will be an examination of some aspect of the culture of East Asia past or present.
  2. There are two tracks for pursuing an Honors project in East Asian Studies.

    Track One:
    Before the end of the Junior year (or, for students who are abroad during their Junior year, as near to this deadline as possible) a student will propose a topic for independent study. This topic must gain the approval of a faculty “mentor” and the Department Chair. Copies of a preliminary abstract of the project will be retained by the candidate, the mentor, and the Chair. The student will then enroll in EA 483 in the fall.Track Two: A fall semester senior seminar may be used to launch an honors proposal. A senior enrolled in a fall semester seminar may therefore defend a proposal at the end of the semester and continue with a second semester of independent work to be presented for honors.

  3. In December all honors candidates will present the results of the first semester’s work in a presentation to a board made up of East Asian Studies faculty members. The board will approve or disapprove continuation of the project into the second semester. For students pursuing track one, the terminated project will be written up as a one semester independent study.
  4. The Chair of East Asian Studies after consultation with the student and the mentor will appoint a second reader for those honors candidates whose projects have been approved for continuation.  The second reader should be a faculty member whose scholarly expertise differs from the mentor’s but is relevant to the project.
  5. Mentors may decide not to grade a project until the spring of the senior year when one (or two separate) grades will be assessed for the project.
  6. The candidate will submit a complete draft of the Honors essay to the mentor and the second reader no later than the Friday of the week after spring break. These drafts will be returned to the candidate as soon as possible; suggestions and corrections will be incorporated into the final form. Honors candidates will present their completed projects to EAS faculty members before the conclusion of the spring semester.  Candidates will be held to the highest standards of style and precision. Projects judged to be of B or C quality (i.e. below B+ but above a failing grade) will be assigned a grade, but will not be granted honors status.

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