Honors Chinese

Chinese Honors Program

The Chinese Honors Program provides the opportunity for especially qualified and motivated students to develop advanced skills in research, textual analysis, and writing to produce an independent, original honors thesis.

Students wishing to participate in the honors program should plan accordingly. Please refer to eligibility below.


  • The student must be a major in Chinese Studies and have completed the third year language courses by the end of the junior year.
  • The student must have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 and above. In cases of double majors in Chinese and Business, the weighted average of both College and Business School grades will be used to determine eligibility.
  • The student should have taken a content course with a research paper requirement by the end of the junior year.


Submit the following application materials by March 20 of their junior year (October 15 for those graduating in fall):

1. A statement of research interest (1-2 pages). The student should discuss a research topic s/he intends to develop into a thesis, related course work, and name(s) of Chinese faculty member(s) s/he would like to work with on the thesis. A faculty member from the Chinese program will be the major advisor for the thesis.

2. A sample of academic writing from a China-focused course that best demonstrates the student's ability to write an in-depth research paper.

3. A list of courses taken for the Chinese major.


            1. Two semesters of Honors Directed Studies

  • Chn. 495A (research) – 3 credits; in the first semester of the Honors program
  • Chn. 495B (writing) – 4 credits; in the second semester of the Honors program

2. Maintain a 3.5 GPA during the participation in the program. Successful completion of the honors thesis and an oral defense during the second semester of the Honor's program.

The Honors committee is composed of the Honors thesis advisor from the Chinese program and two faculty members, one of which should be from outside the department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Levels of Honors

The levels of Honors (Honors, cum laude; High Honors magna cum laude; or Highest Honors, summa cum laude) will be decided by the Honors committee in accordance with College policy (see College catalogue for details).

Related links:

Chinese major requirements (http://realc.emory.edu/home/languages/chinese/major.html)

College Honors Program (http://catalog.college.emory.edu/academic/honors-program/)

Honors samples (http://www.emory.edu/home/research/college-honors/)

Questions? Please contact Prof. Rong Cai (rcai@emory.edu; 404-727-5028); Modern Languages 306