This program is open only to EAS majors. It is a demanding research oriented program and comparable to graduate level work. It involves committing 8 credits in addition to the 36 credits required to complete the major, so the student should consider carefully the decision to apply. The 8-credit honors sequence must result in a substantively researched thesis, normally 30-50 typed pages. The completed thesis must be read by a student's faculty supervisor during the two semesters and a grade of at least A- is required in order to receive Honors in East Asian Studies. Otherwise a student will simply be awarded an additional 4 credits toward his/her major.
Students may apply for a Dean's Undergraduate Research Grant in the College of Arts and Science, and present their Honors Thesis at the Undergraduate Research Conference.
Students must spend at least two full years in residence at the College of Arts and Science, completing at least 64 points of graded work in the College. Students must maintain a general grade point average of 3.6 and a major average of 3.7.
- Substantial completion of the major requirements: Total of 28 points
- 20 credits of coursework at the NYU New York Campus
- GPA of 3.7 or better
- The student must register in their senior year for the following two semesters of Independent Study, at 4 credits per semester (a total of 8 credits), under the supervision of a departmental faculty member (or affiliate).
- EAST-UA 997 Independent Study (4 credits)
Taken during a student's first semester of the senior year. Student must define a chosen thesis topic, develop a bibliography, read broadly and begin research while working individually with the faculty member who will be supervising the thesis. At the end of the first semester, students are to submit a well-defined proposal for their honors thesis, complete with a bibliography and a rough draft of the thesis.
- EAST-UA 998 Independent Study (4 credits)
Taken during a student's final semester. Continuing to work individually with an EAS faculty member.