Special Opportunities « Undergraduate Studies
The department's honors program is open to undergraduate students who want to distinguish themselves by engaging in an extended research project with close supervision from a faculty member. Honors students present their research in a departmental symposium held in the spring.
To be eligible, a student must first complete 15 credit hours in one of our majors. As a rule, the student must have and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. Ordinarily, the student should print this PDF application and submit to the department office (Goodbody 250) no later than the second semester of their junior year. Before submitting the application, the student should identify an honors thesis director who will advise the student during research and writing. The application is approved by EALC’s director of undergraduate studies. While working on the thesis, the student will enroll in H399 (Reading for Honors) and H499 (Honors Thesis). Only H499 will count toward the regular credit hour requirements of the major. The thesis advisor and one other faculty reader will grade the thesis. To qualify for honors at graduation, the thesis must receive a grade of A- or better.
Any questions should be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
All EALC majors are strongly encouraged study abroad, particularly on Indiana University overseas study programs , where they can continue to make progress towards their degrees and apply financial aid to program fees. In addition, students can participate in programs administered by organizations outside of IU. Students wishing to apply for an overseas study program should express their interest to the academic advisor.
The most current information about study abroad is available from the IU Overseas Study Office, located in the Leo R. Dowling International Center, 111 South Jordan Avenue, (812) 855-9304.
The Global Village provides an opportunity for students who are interested in foreign languages and cultures to live with students with similar interests. Many EALC students choose to reside here. For more information, visit the Global Village Living-Learning Center web site.
Each year, outstanding EALC majors are awarded scholarships. These prestigious prizes include:
- Uehara Scholarhips: in honor of the late Professor Toyoaki Uehara, for undergraduates showing excellence in East Asian studies (the language may be Chinese, Japanese, or Korean).
- Yasuda Scholarship: in honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Yasuda, for undergraduates demonstrating excellence in Japanese studies.
- Gines Scholarship: given by EALC alumni James Gines and his wife, Noriko, for undergraduates combining excellence in an East Asian language with excellence in professional school studies.
- Paul Nutter Memorial Scholarship: in memory and honor of Paul Nutter, an EALC undergraduate Japanese major, for students in any East Asian language demonstrating the same heart and commitment to learning as Paul did.
- Korean Visiting Scholars' Award: established by a group of visiting Korean scholars to help promote excellence in the study of Korean language and culture.
- East Asian Studies Center Prizes for Excellence in Asian Studies: SOFOKS Award for Korean Studies, Alpine Prize for Japanese Studies, and Undergraduate Award for Chinese Studies.
Each year a faculty committee solicits nominations from their faculty colleagues, and chooses the awardees from among the nominated students. There is no application process, but students are welcome to talk with any of their EALC professors to express an interest in being nominated.