The senior thesis represents the culmination of the undergraduate curriculum. It should be an original contribution to scholarship on East Asia, based at least in part on source materials in the student's language of specialization.
You will have a deadline to report the name of a Principal advisor to the Director of Undergraduate Studies and to the Undergraduate Administrator. If you do not report an advisor's name the department will assign one to you.
By mid-October you will have a deadline to submit your thesis proposal title, and a one page description to the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Secretary.
In November you will have a deadline to submit an outline of your thesis and a full working bibliography to your principal advisor and the Department Undergraduate Administrator.
In January you will have a deadline to submit a draft of at least one-third of your thesis to your principal advisor.
In March you will have to submit the first draft of your entire thesis to your principal advisor.
The thesis must be submitted to the department office by 4:00 p.m. on the date noted on the
current schedule. The submission should consist of two unbound photocopies and a PDF document to Lisa Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Name the document last name_first name, ex: smith_jane.pdf. Please put the two unbound copies in temporary binders. Late submission of the senior thesis will be penalized by a reduction of one-third of a grade for each day late.
The format of the title page must be as follows:
A senior thesis submitted to the East Asian Studies Department of Princeton University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Please sign the honor code on each copy of the thesis on the last page of the text.
A table of contents listing the title and page number of each chapter should follow the title page. On a page preceding the table of contents you may wish to acknowledge any special assistance or support that you received in writing your thesis.
The manuscript should be clearly printed on bond paper of standard size (8 ½ x 11 in.) and
weight (20 lbs.).·Please do not use erasable bond. The text must be single sided, double
spaced, and 60-100 pages in length.
Long quotations should be indented.
All quotations from Chinese, Japanese or Korean sources should be translated into English. Inclusion of the original source is not required. If unavailable in the GEST Library append a copy of the original language text as an appendix.
Leave 1" margins on unbound photocopies and PDF copy. Number all pages, including endnote pages, consecutively.
Footnotes are preferred to endnotes, but either is acceptable. Endnotes should be double-spaced; footnotes may be single-spaced. In annotating, even if you have not made a direct quotation but are paraphrasing, give the reference. Be fair to your sources; acknowledge them.
Consult with your advisor well in advance on which romanization system you will use. Then be consistent. Do not simply adopt the spellings in your English-language sources. This is a sure sign that you are out of touch with your Asian language sources.
Provide romanization on the first occurrence of the transliteration of proper titles, etc., or provide a glossary of these characters. Characters for commonly known names (e.g., Tokyo, Beijing, Tokugawa, and Qing) may be omitted. Be consistent.
For book titles, characters must appear in the bibliography, but not necessarily in the notes. In general, the bibliography should consist of a single alphabetized list, irrespective of the language. Give full bibliographical information so those editions you have used can be identified.
In other matters of style, when in doubt follow the MLA Handbook Style or the Chicago style. The important thing is to be consistent.
The thesis is read by two faculty members, the advisor being one. Each determines a grade independently, and the final grade is the average of the two.
A comprehensive exam and thesis defense will be scheduled individually. Only theses that cite a number of East Asian language sources will be considered for the annual EAS Department Thesis Prize. Such theses will also be considered for the annual EAS Program Thesis Prize. No student can win both prizes.
Each student will be issued an exam that consists of the two fields they have selected in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Each of the two fields will contain three questions. The student will need to answer two questions in each field for a total of 4 answers. The student is allowed a total of three hours to answer the four questions.
The oral defense is 30-minutes long. The student will begin the exam with a presentation of the thesis that lasts roughly five minutes in the language in which he/she specializes, i.e., Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. The examiners will respond with questions in the same language for an additional five to ten minutes. After this the remainder of the defense, roughly 15 minutes, will be conducted in English.