Asian Studies 295
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may undertake independent study at the 200-level (from one to four credits per semester), usually research and reading of primary and/or secondary sources on a topic of the student's choice. Once she has identified a topic or questions, the student should discuss the work with an appropriate member of the Asian Studies Committee. If the faculty advisor gives permission for her to register, they will then construct the course of study, agree on essays or other assignments, and discuss criteria for evaluation. The student and advisor will meet regularly throughout the semester. AS 295 will usually be completed in one semester, and should not be a substitute for a language course.
Asian Studies 395
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may undertake 300-level independent study, though it is most common for seniors. AS 395 may be taken for one to four credits per semester, for one or two semesters. The procedure is similar to AS 295: Having identified a topic area, the student should seek out an appropriate member of the Asian Studies Committee as her advisor. Independent study at the 300-level generally involves intensive reading of primary texts and is completed with the writing of a major paper, though other assignments and criteria for evaluation are possible. As with AS 295, the student and advisor will meet regularly throughout the project. AS 395 does not lead invariably to honors work.