Senior Symposium and Exit Dossier

Senior Symposium

At the end of the spring semester, EALC prime majors are required to participate in the EALC Senior Symposium.  Prime majors will be asked to prepare a 3-minute presentation and a poster of either the research paper they wrote for their 400-level capstone course OR their senior honors thesis.  The should poster illustrate the main points of the paper or thesis. Following everyone's brief presentation audience members will move among the different posters; students should be prepared to answer questions about their project. 

Second majors are encouraged to attend the Senior Symposium. All faculty and students interested in East Asia are invited to attend the annual Symposium, which provides our EALC majors an opportunity to share some of the fruits of their study with an enthusiastic audience.

The Office of Undergraduate Research has great info on posters, including printing.

Senior Exit Dossier

All majors, both prime and second, are asked to prepare a Senior Exit Dossier that includes the following:

  • A copy of a paper 3-pages or longer written for a lower-level EALC course (100 to 300-level) from early in one's studies.
  • Prime majors: A copy of the seminar paper or honors thesis upon which your Senior Symposium presentation is based.  Second majors: A copy of a paper written for an upper-level EALC course (300 to 400-level), ideally from the the senior year.
  • A written reflection (500-750 words) on your experience as an EALC major in which you address the following general questions:  What were your expectations and aspirations when you first declared an EALC major, and to what extent have they been met?  In what ways have your classes as well as related activities, such as study abroad or internships contributed to the quality of your over-all experience? What advice would you give to a student who is contemplating a major in EALC?  What suggestions do you have of ways in which the Department might make the EALC major even more attractive and useful for future majors? And finally, after you graduate, how do you plan to make use of the knowledge, skills and experience that you have acquired as an EALC major?

This dossier is an important part of our university-mandated assessment procedures and is helpful to the department in evaluating the success of our majors and the experiences of our students.  You may send us this dossier electronically to