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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 495 and writing an Honors thesis. In order to help prepare for ASIAN 495, students are encouraged to take ASIAN 381: Junior/Senior Research Seminar for Majors 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-major for the term's research assignment. This research assignment can often be expanded and used as a starting point for the ASIAN 495 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. Students do not have to be currently enrolled in the Honors Program in order to declare an Honors major through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
For information on scholarship and award opportunities specific to Honors students, please visit the Honors Scholarships and Awards page on the LSA Honors Program website.