Senior Thesis Program
East Asian Studies majors who wish to write a senior thesis apply to the EALAC Senior Thesis Program at the end of their junior year. Students must have at least a 3.6 GPA in courses taken in the major at the time of the application. Students interested in applying to the Senior Thesis Program should submit a hard copy of the EALAC Senior Thesis Program Application (see Undergraduate Planning Sheets and Forms) to Joshua Gottesman, EALAC Academic Coordinator, in 407 Kent by Friday, May 1st at 5:00 PM. Decisions will be made by June 1, when grades for the second semester have been received.
All potential thesis writers are required to enroll in the Senior Thesis Research Workshop (EAAS V3999) in the fall of the senior year. Students who perform satisfactorily in this workshop, successfully complete a thesis proposal, and find a faculty advisor will then write the Senior Thesis itself in the spring semester under the direction of the advisor and a graduate student tutor (EAAS W3901).
How long should a senior thesis be? As a rule of thumb, the senior thesis should be about 30-35 pages of text (double-spaced, normal typeface and margins) and 5-8 pages of references. Under no circumstances should a thesis exceed a total of 50 pages including references) without the special permission of the advisor. It is quality that counts, not quantity.
Successful completion of the thesis by the April 1 deadline in the spring semester will be necessary but not sufficient for a student to receive Departmental Honors. (Because honors can be awarded to a maximum of 10% of the majors, not all thesis writers will receive honors.)