Honors in German

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Students majoring in German have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Students who complete the Honors research and thesis bild skills (researching, writing, editing, and presenting), and relationships (especially with faculty mentors) which make a difference. Graduating with honors in German demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence which can be a valuable distinction when applying for post-graduation opportunities.

Students who choose to graduate with honors in German must satisfy these requirements:

  • Maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and a g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in all courses for the major.
  • Complete GRMN:4990 Honors Research or the equivalent, such as one course for the major as an honors contract course (3 s.h.). For equivalent courses taken abroad, students should consult with the honors advisor or director of undergraduate studies in German. This course is an independent research experience with meeting times arranged by student and faculty mentor. It is normally completed by the semester before the following.
  • Complete GRMN:4991 Honors Thesis.
  • Submit an acceptable honors thesis, and present and discuss their research findings in a meeting with their faculty mentor and two additional UI faculty members.

Visit the Honors thesis in German page for more information. 

It is advised to consider honors work early. The courses,   GRMN:4990 and GRMN:4991, will count toward the 30 s.h. for the major. Students are encouraged to participate in the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) and apply for research scholarships.

How Do I Find a Topic and a Faculty Mentor for my Honors Research and Thesis?

Most students should plan to find a topic and a faculty mentor towards the end of their third year, prior to registration in GRMN:4990 - Honors Research. If you would like to discuss finding a topic or faculty mentor, make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in German or the Honors Advisor in German.

Suggestions for finding a topic include:

  • Readings, media, bibliographies from your major coursework in German are a good place to start, as are German-language media. ing coverage found in the national and international media.
  • Schedule a research consultation at the UI Main Library.
  • GRMN:4990 Honors Research is an independent research experience with meeting times arranged by student and faculty mentor. Students earn 3 s.h. of graded credit for completing it. Students normally complete research and a review of literature and a draft of their thesis proposal with a preliminary list of literature.

Suggestions for finding a faculty mentor include:

Faculty eligible to supervise GRMN 4990 Honors Research  and GRMN 4991 Honors Thesis include all faculty members in German.

  • Consider faculty with whom you’ve taken classes—they already know you!
  • Find out more about the other faculty members on the departmental website. Don’t hesitate to ask for an appointment to learn more about their current research interests. They are usually eager to talk about it. Be prepared to discuss initial ideas for your research project.
  • Be prepared to tell the faculty member how your topic relates to their work. Ask her or him to scan your list of references and give you suggestions on other resources to consult to further define your research question. Expect that your research question will continue to evolve as you delve deeper into your topic.
  • Read the information about the honors thesis process carefully.

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students may pursue honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. University honors students must maintain a 3.33 g.p.a., complete 12 s.h. of coursework designated as honors courses, and complete 12 s.h. of an experiential learning project. Please note that Study Abroad counts as experiential learning. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

NOTE: Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the German major.