Honors Pathway for German Major

Pathway to Graduation with Honors for German Studies Majors

12 units of upper-division courses in the German major or minor, consisting of: 

  • 3 or more units in courses contracted for honors or in graduate-level courses, such as:
  • German 313: Studies in Genre
  • German 320: History of Toleration and Tolerance From Biblical Times to the 18th Century
  • German 325: History of German Cinema
  • German 327: Recycling Culture: Environmentalism Made in Germany
  • German 373: Women’s Fictions in Twentieth Century Germany
  • German 375: The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna
  • German 376: German Jewish Writers
  • German 379: Religion in German Culture
  • German 380: The Middle Ages: The Enigmatic Precursor to Modern Europe
  • German 411: Dealing with the Past
  • German 412: Tales of Love
  • German 416: Minority Views in German Culture
  • German 420: Periods in German Culture (as of 01/01/19: Topics in German Culture)
  • German 422: When African Americans Came to Berlin
  • German 430: Crossing Borders/Crossing Cultures
  • German 440: Jews and Judaism
  • German 450: Constructions of Identity
  • German 455: Music and German Literature
  • German 461: The Task of the Translator
  • German 475/575: Advanced German Usage
  • German 496/596: Milestones in German Culture
  • 3 units of an Honors course, such as HNR 400: The Multilingual Subject
  • 6 units of Thesis (fulfilling the criteria for completion of the thesis, or equivalent courses which supply the thesis credits separately from all other work in the major)

Honors Thesis

The Senior Honors Thesis in German Studies is the culmination of a an independent, critical, and innovation research project conducted under the guidance of a professor in the department. The thesis should address a topic not covered in regular coursework, and should reflect the student's own interests. For two semesters while completing their thesis, students enroll in GER 492. It is a requirement of the honors college that the 6 units be distributed over two semesters. Students are responsible for identifying a German Studies faculty member who will serve as their thesis advisor. All professors in the department are usually available to work with Honors students on theses, depending on the subject and nature of the project. Students should aim to find an advisor by the end of the spring semester of the junior year. By the end of the second semester of thesis work, students are expected to submit the following items to their advisor and to the Honors College:

  • A specifically formatted title page with your advisor's signature
  • A signed library release form
  • An abstract of no more than 200 words in English
  • A thesis paper of ca. 20 pages

Please see the Honors College website for further details about these requirements.

Examples of Past Honors Theses

  • Ciara Daniels, "Der kulturelle und institutionelle Umgang mit Hassideologien in Deutschland und den Vereinigten Staaten: Ein Vergleich der Herangehensweisen und deren Effektivität als Erinnerungsstrategien" (Joela Jacobs, advisor)
  • Caitlin Gannon, “The Emergence of the Modern Woman in German Literature of the 1920s: Gilgi and Frieda Lead the Way To Emancipation” (Barbara Kosta, advisor)
  • Kathleen Harmon, "Ingeborg Bachmann" (Barbara Kosta, advisor)
  • Lenorah Wos, "Leni Riefenstahl’s Tiefland" (Barbara Kosta, advisor)

Faculty Research Areas for Thesis Supervision

  • David Chisholm: German literary-political cabaret, interrelationships between music and German literature, German lyric poetry, versification, and linguistic approaches to literature)
  • Albrecht Classen: Medieval and Early Modern literature, Women’s literature in the Middle Ages
  • Peter Ecke: psycholinguistics, linguistics, second and third language acquisition and teaching, language attrition, bilingual speech production, lexical errors, word finding problems, mnemonics, and simulation techniques in foreign language teaching
  • David Gramling: multilingual film and literature, Turkish German migration and literary history, theoretical approaches to monolingualism, transnational Berlin, literary translation and stylistics, gender and disability studies
  • Joela Jacobs: German literature from the 19th to the 21st century, German Jewish literature and culture, environmental humanities, animal and plant studies
  • Barbara Kosta: Weimar cinema and visual culture, transnational cinema, contemporary literature and film, feminist theory and cultural studies
  • Thomas Kovach: German and comparative literature from the mid-eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries
  • Janice McGregor: construction of learner beliefs & language ideologies in study abroad, authenticity in language learning & intercultural communication, and qualitative methods in study abroad research
  • Chantelle Warner: late 20th century and contemporary German literature, stylistics and discourse analysis, literary theory, and issues in methods in foreign language teaching and learning, literature and culture pedagogy
  • Mary Wildner-Bassett: foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and computer-mediated second language communication

Honors Faculty Advisor

Get involved!

Enhance your Honors experience by attending the German Films series, the German Student Club with activities throughout the academic year, participation in Department Colloquium Series, service as a departmental ambassador, membership in the Delta Phi Alpha, participation in local conferences focused on teaching German language and culture, teaching at local elementary schools and study abroad.