German Language and Literatures

Honors Program

Qualified German Studies majors may be invited to participate in the Honors Program. 

Within the framework of the German Studies major, the Honors Program allows honors candidates to extend their competence by adding breadth and depth to the regular German curriculum.

The Honors Program also serves as excellent preparation for graduate study in German. Students interested in pursuing Honors should consult the department chair by the beginning of the second semester of their junior year.

Participation in the Honors Program is competitive.

Except under unusual circumstances, only two students are admitted each year. We require students to have a minimum GPA within the major of 3.5 and an overall GPA of 3.0. Potential students will be asked to submit a rationale in German describing the intended substance of the two required papers and explaining also their motivation for pursuing the honors projects.

The ability to speak and write German at an advanced level (as demonstrated in both the rationale and in previous coursework) is a firm prerequisite for admission to the Honors Program in German Studies.