The only route to honors in the major is writing a thesis and passing an oral examination. A grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major, above100-level courses, is the minimum requirement for application. Students must also submit a dossier of required material, including a thesis proposal, to the EAS director and the Faculty Advisory Committee, which will approve students for admission. The director will inform students of the dossier requirements and submission deadlines. The Faculty Advisory Committee may petition on her behalf of a student whose GPA in the major is between 3.0 and 3.5, if her dossier is particularly strong. For more details, see Honors Information and Thesis Process.
For those students interested in thesising in EAS, you must take the following steps:
- By spring break of the junior year, craft your topic in rough form and find an adviser.
- By the end of the first week of the fall semester of senior year submit a 2-3 page prospectus to the EAS chair, who will circulate it to the faculty steering committee. A preliminary bibliography should be submitted at the same time.
- The prospectus and bibliography should both be drawn up in consultation with the adviser.
- Submit a transcript (official or unofficial);
- A writing sample, preferably a research paper for an East Asian Studies class.