Distinction in Asian Studies

Distinction is a formal academic honor that the Department of Asian Studies may vote to bestow upon senior majors who have demonstrated high academic achievement and an ability to produce independently a work of the highest standard.   The Department of Asian Studies invites senior majors who seek a significant and satisfying experience as a capstone of their work in Asian Studies to apply for Distinction.



A candidate for distinction must have an overall grade point average of 3.6 and a 3.75 grade point average in Asian Studies courses.The grade point average will be initially calculated based on work through the student’s junior year. Asian Studies courses include language and non-language courses taught by the Department of Asian Studies and courses related to Asia taught in other departments.  Candidacy for distinction will be continued only if minimum grade averages are maintained through fall semester of the senior year.  Eligible students will be notified after the completion of their third year that they are eligible to apply for distinction.