Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies


The Honors Program in Asian American Studies promotes intellectual curiosity by fostering original research in Asian American Studies. Intended for students who have shown academic excellence during their study at UT, this program is designed to expose students to methods, ideas, and work ethics at the standards of graduate or professional school. Working under the close mentorship of a faculty member, students undergo a two-semester sequence culminating in the completion of an original thesis. This sequence is taken in addition to the 24 credit hours counting towards the major requirements.  By taking AAS Departmental Honors, you will graduate with 30 credit hours.

For more information on the Honors Program, contact:

Sona A. Shah, Assistant Director
Office: BUR 568
Phone: 512-232-9468

Download Asian American Studies Departmental Honors Thesis Guidelines

Admission Requirements for Honors Seminars and Tutorials

  • GPA: 3.00 minimum overall at the University
  • GPA: 3.50 minimum average in Asian American Studies coursework
  • Minimum of 30 hours of coursework (including 6 semester hours of AAS)

Requirements for Graduation with Special Honors

  • Acceptance into the departmental honors program
  • GPA: 3.50 minimum average in AAS coursework
  • GPA: 3.00 minimum overall at the University
  • 30 semester hours of Asian American Studies, including AAS 679HA and HB
  • 60 semester hours completed in residence at the University

For more information regarding developing a senior thesis:

Download Honors Thesis Manual

Download Plan II Honors Program Senior Thesis Manual (PDF)