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Departmental Honors Program

Departmental Honors Program

The honors program is designed for majors who wish to carry out a year-long independent research project that culminates in a senior honors thesis.

To enter and graduate from the honors program, students must have a 3.5 grade-point average in the major and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students must also obtain agreement from a faculty member to supervise their honors thesis. Application should normally be made during the junior year, after students have completed more than 90 units of coursework. Consult the undergraduate adviser for further details about the application, thesis requirements, and rules regarding the selection of a faculty thesis supervisor.

Students should begin to plan their thesis in the final term of their junior year. Formal research should begin in the first term of the senior year, if not earlier, under the direction of the faculty thesis supervisor. Students also enroll in Southeast Asian Studies 199HA, 199HB, and 199HC throughout their senior year. Only 8 units of 199H courses may be applied toward the upper division requirements of the major. Students are awarded highest honors, honors, or no honors based on an evaluation of the thesis by the faculty thesis supervisor and the program honors committee.

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