Honors Information for 2006-2008 CatalogThe honors programs in Asian Studies and Asian Cultures and Languages provide ambitious students with an opportunity to do independent research in the form of a substantial thesis.
Please note that there are different requirements for the 2006-2008 catalog than for the later catalogs. Students should be sure to read the requirements for their respective catalogs.
If you are in the 2008-2010 catalog, please see the honors information for the 2008-2010 catalog.
Application ProcessApplication Process
Students should apply to the honors program during the spring semester of their junior year and should consult with the honors advisor in the fall semester of their junior year to begin the application process.
To qualify, applicants must supply the honors advisor with evidence of the following:
- Upper-division standing at UT Austin
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 for UT Austin and 3.5 for Asian Studies
- Completion of a minimum of twelve semester hours in Asian Studies
- Strong research and writing skills
- Completed Honors Program Application
Graduation with Honors
To graduate with honors, qualified students must fulfill the following requirements:
- Completion of at least 60 semester hours in residence at UT. Up to thirty hours must be in Asian Studies, depending on major and catalog.
- Completion of ANS 379H, the Honors Thesis Tutorial, with a grade of A.
- A minimum UT Austin GPA of 3.0 and a 3.5 or higher GPA in the student's Asian Studies or Asian Cultures and Languages major.
The Honors Sequence
All qualified honors students are required to take ANS 378 (Senior Seminar), prior to or concurrent with the Honors Tutorial, ANS 379H. Senior Seminar courses are topical in nature, but should help students develop the advanced research and writing skills their thesis will require. While students are unlikely to find a direct match between the topics of the Senior Seminar and their thesis, there are opportunities to utilize research and writing developed in the Seminar as part of the thesis with advanced planning.
Students are highly encouraged to enroll in an independent study course (usually ANS 362) with their primary reader/thesis supervisor the semester prior to enrolling in ANS 379H. This affords students an opportunity to begin work on their research, so that they’ll be free to spend the bulk of ANS 379H completing their research and writing the thesis. Students are expected to submit a 3-5 page prospectus (including a draft bibliography) at the beginning of the Honors Tutorial course.The thesis is due on the Monday after the last class day of the semester the student is enrolled in ANS 379H.
Writing the thesis, which is both longer (minimum 40 pages) and more intellectually sophisticated than other college writing assignments, is for most honors students the most fulfilling experience of their undergraduate careers. The completed thesis will be read by the faculty supervisor and a second reader; the latter may, if necessary, be based in another department. The two readers will assess the thesis with the following criteria in mind:
1) quality of argument;
2) breadth and depth of research;
3) quality of writing and organization; and
4) conformity with current rules of proper academic conduct. A completed and bound copy of the thesis must be submitted to the department by the Monday after the last class day of the semester in which the thesis was written.
For detailed information on writing honors theses, students are encouraged to consult the College of Liberal Arts’ “Senior Thesis Manual: Departmental Honors Programs.” A copy can be obtained from Asian Studies honors director and the academic advisor. Students may also download the PDF.
Students are encouraged to consult the Writing & Research page of the departmental website for resources on the writing and research processes.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a transfer student. Am I eligible for the honors program?Yes. Transfer students may apply for the honors program.
I want to study abroad. Can I still do the honors program?Many of our students incorporate study abroad into their thesis plans. Students interested in honors and studying abroad should consult with the academic advisor.
I want to get honors in two different majors. Is that possible?Students who would like to receive honors from two departments must complete two separate theses or seek departmental honors in only one of their two majors.
I'm in Plan II. Can I use my honors thesis here to count for my Plan II thesis?Plan II majors seeking Special Honors in Asian Studies or Asian Cultures and Languages through the honors program should apply to the program and, once accepted, meet with Plan II advisors to review procedures and options.