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Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Departmental Honors in German

To graduate with honors in German, an undergraduate must demonstrate an ability to work independently and critically in language and literature. To begin the program, students must consult the departmental honors adviser before the senior year and submit a departmental honors intent form.

Candidates must be eligible to take courses numbered 500 and above. To qualify for the B.A. in German with honors, the student must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 overall and 3.5 in German at graduation and complete the following requirements:

  1. The requirements for the major (see above) must include among the required 30 hours one enrollment (3 hours) in German courses at the 700 level or above with a grade of B or higher. This requirement may not be met by enrollment in GERM 753 Investigation and Conference.
  2. In addition to the requirements for the major, the student must enroll in 3 hours of GERM 753 Investigation and Conference with a faculty member of the student’s choice, working in an area of mutual interest. The student prepares a research project upon which the course grade largely rests. The research project may not be used to satisfy other course requirements. A grade of B or higher in GERM 753 is required for completion of the honors program.
  3. Honors candidates also participate in an honors examination with 3 members of the faculty, held before the end of the student’s last semester of academic work. In addition to the research project, other topics in German studies may be discussed.

Honors Courses

Special honors sections such as GERM 105, GERM 109, GERM 213, and GERM 217 are offered in the basic language program.

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