Departmental Honors Info Session

Faculty Honors Advisor Dr. Chien-Hsin Tsai will be holding an info session to answer questions for those intending to apply for departmental honors this April. 

When: Wednesday, April 9th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Meyerson Conference Room, WCH. 4.118

The Honors Program in Asian Studies and Asian Cultures and Languages provide ambitious students with an opportunity to do independent research in the form of a substantial thesis. Interested students should apply to the Honors Program during the spring semester of their junior year. To qualify, applicants must provide evidence of the following:


  • Upper-division standing at UT- Austin
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum Asian Studies GPA of 3.5
  • Completion of a minimum of twelve semester hours in Asian Studies
  • Strong research and writing skills

Tea, coffee, and light refreshments will be served. Deadline to apply for Honors is April 30, 2014. 

Double Majors, Study Abroad, Transfers, Liberal Arts Honors, etc.

  • Transfer students may apply for the Honors Program.
  • Students interested in honors and studying abroad should consult with the honors director.
  • Students who would like to receive honors from two departments must complete two separate theses or seek departmental honors in only one of their two majors.
  • Plan II majors seeking Special Honors in Asian Studies or Asian Cultures and Languages through the Honors Program should apply to the program and, once accepted, meet with Plan II advisors to review procedures and options.

Registration Advising for Fall 2014

It’s Registration Season!  The online Course Schedule will open tomorrow and we start registration advising on Thursday, April 3rd.

There are sign-up sheets on the table outside my office; as I am not seeing students in any particular order this year, anyone is welcome to sign up.

The Asian Studies Area List will be posted on the Asian Studies website SOON (and emailed to you guys) but keep in mind it’s subject to change (some classes may be cancelled and others will be added).

Seniors shouldn’t have bars (unless you’re new to the major or on academic probation), but if you’re within a semester of graduating, you should definitely come in to ensure you’re on track to graduate.

You’re welcome to email me with any questions or concerns, but I won’t be answering the phone during registration advising, so don’t rely on leaving me a voice mail.

The Course Schedule for Fall 2014 will be available here:

Your registration times and bar information can be found here:

You can find the list of Asian Studies course descriptions by visiting our website:

Degree Audits: You can view your degree audit through the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system:


E 316 and Creative Writing Changes

Dear Students,

E 316K, Masterworks of Literature, will be replaced by four new courses this fall.  As you plan your remaining coursework, know that three of these new options will generally carry required flags (see below).  Most importantly, any of the old or new E 316 courses will satisfy the Humanities requirement in the Core Curriculum:

316L, British Literature (usually offered with a Global Cultures flag)

316M, American Literature (usually offered with a Cultural Diversity in the United States flag)

316N, World Literature (usually offered with a Global Cultures flag)

316P, Masterworks of Literature

We’re also pleased to announce the creation of a Creative Writing Certificate, intended for any UT-Austin student interested in advanced study of creative writing.  For information about the program, please visit our undergraduate Creative Writing website.  Applications are due April 10th.

Creative Writing courses will continue to be offered for non-certificate students, as well.  These will be listed with summer English (E) offerings, but will migrate to Creative Writing (CRW) in the fall Course Schedule.  CRW 325M, Creative Writing, will be our primary fall offering for non-certificate students; it is appropriate as a first creative writing course for any student who has completed E 316, though students with credit for E 315F (Fiction Writing) or 315P (Poetry Writing) should not enroll in CRW 325M.

Please direct any questions about E 316 or Creative Writing to the English Advising Office (512.471.5736, Parlin 114,  Good luck with your registration!


English Advising