LLC Honors Program

LLC Honors Program

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures maintains an honors program to provide qualified students in each of the department’s majors (French, German, Spanish, and East Asian languages) with an opportunity for advanced research in a seminar atmosphere. In order to graduate with Honors in LLC, students must take 2 honors courses and complete a 3-credit thesis.  For specifics on the course requirements for each language (French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese) see the Honors director in LLC.

Junior and senior level honors courses carry full credit toward the appropriate departmental majors, or for non-majors full elective credit. Students must earn a grade of ‘B’ (3.0 grade points) or higher on all honors coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements.  “The minimum GPA in honors coursework upon graduation is 3.45. Due to the cumulated nature of this requirement, students must earn a grade of ‘B’ (3.0 grade points) or higher on each honors course taken to graduate with honors.”

To graduate with honors, a student must take 9 semester hours of honors courses in the appropriate concentration, including the senior honors thesis: CHN 4510, FRE 4510, GER 4510, JPN 4510, SNH 4510.

Students must earn a minimum overall average GPA of 3.45 in coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements. Admission to the program is by invitation. Students must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.20 for admission to LLC Departmental Honors.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Jean-François Fournier
Departmental Honors Program Director
LS Dougherty Hall 210 K
fournierj@appstate.edu
(828) 262-2307

LLC Honors Contract

The Honors Contract is used to request honors credit in a regular course by developing a plan to do additional, honors-level work in that course. The Honors Contract can be found here: Honors Contract (PDF). Students pursuing departmental honors who want to request an honors contract should work with the course instructor and the departmental honors program director to complete this contract.

LLC Honors Thesis Guidelines and Instructions

To graduate with Departmental Honors from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, students must complete a Departmental Honors Thesis.

Credit hours and grades: Students must complete at least 3 semester hours of thesis credit to graduate with Departmental Honors. Students also graduating with University Honors should consult their Departmental Honors director about enrolling in thesis hours in their department. Students may split thesis credits over multiple semesters in whole numbers (1-3 hours at a time; we cannot do .5 hours of credit).

Students should plan to enroll in at least 1 hour of thesis credit in the semester in which they will defend their thesis. If a situation arises where a student is unable to finish their thesis and defend, then a grade of Incomplete should be issued until the student is able to finish the thesis and successfully defend their project. Per university policy, incomplete grades automatically become an F grade if not completed in one academic (fall/spring) semester. Thesis hours are graded on an A-F grading scale by the thesis director/mentor.

Thesis mentoring: The thesis director (or thesis mentor) must be a DLLC faculty member at the assistant, associate or full professor rank who is willing to work with the student over the time specified to complete the project described in the attached prospectus. The second reader can be a member of the community with relevant experience or another ASU faculty member from a different department/discipline from the thesis director. Family members are not eligible to serve on thesis committees.

LLC Honors Thesis Forms:  Special Course Approval Form


Specific Thesis Requirements by Major Track

East Asian Studies

Option 1: One academic article written in English on a specific topic or area connected with the target language.  

  • Article should actively engage in a dialogue with recent research in the field.
  • List of Works Cited.
  • Primary sources in the target language
  • Secondary sources in English and Chinese/Japanese
  • MLA style
  • 6000/6500 words

 Option 2: One substantial paper written in Chinese OR Japanese on a specific topic or area connected with the target language. 

  • Paper should actively engage in a dialogue with recent research in the field.
  • Paper should offer an argument and not be simply descriptive
  • List of Works Cited.
  • Primary sources in the target language
  • Secondary sources in English and Chinese/Japanese
  • 2500/3000 ideograms

 

French

Option 1: One academic article written in English on a specific topic or area connected with the target language.  

  • Article should actively engage in a dialogue with recent research in the field.
  • List of Works Cited.
  • Primary sources in the target language
  • Secondary sources in English and French
  • MLA style
  • 6000/6500 words

Option 2: One substantial paper written in French on a specific topic or area connected with the target language. 

  • Paper should actively engage in a dialogue with recent research in the field.
  • Paper should offer an argument and not be simply descriptive
  • List of Works Cited.
  • Primary sources in the target language
  • Secondary sources in English and French
  • 6000/6500 words

 

German

Option 1: One academic paper written in English on a specific topic or area connected with the target language. A summary of the paper in German will be required to consider the thesis complete.

  •  Article should actively engage in a dialogue with recent research in the field.
  • List of Works Cited.
  • Primary sources in the target language
  • Secondary sources in English and German
  • MLA style
  • Paper: 6000/6500 words
  • Summary: 2000/2500 words

  Option 2: One substantial paper written in German on a specific topic or area connected with the target language. 

  • Paper should actively engage in a dialogue with recent research in the field.
  • Paper should offer an argument and not be simply descriptive
  • List of Works Cited.
  • Primary sources in the target language
  • Secondary sources in English and German
  • 5000/5500 words

 

Spanish

One substantial paper written in Spanish on a specific topic or area connected with the target language. 

  • Paper should actively engage in a dialogue with recent research in the field.
  • Paper should offer an argument and not be simply descriptive
  • List of Works Cited.
  • Primary sources in the target language
  • Secondary sources in English and Spanish
  • 5000 words minimum