Qualified students will be encouraged to write an honors thesis during their senior year. To qualify for the B.A. in German Studies with Honors, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall and 3.5 in German at graduation. The honors thesis offers students the opportunity to design a project that builds on and integrates their previous coursework in the German language and culture and allows them to engage with a topic that interests them intellectually. Thesis writers will work closely with a faculty advisor in Germanic Studies to develop their project and improve their analytical and writing skills. Applications for departmental honors must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes, normally during the fall of senior year. Upon acceptance of an application, the student registers for the GERM 598-GERM 599 sequence. The student presents the completed research project to the faculty advisor and two other members of the Departmental Honors Committee about one month before concluding their final semester at KU. A grade of B or higher in GERM 598 and GERM 599 is required for departmental honors. GERM 598 and GERM 599 may not be used to satisfy other course requirements.
For more information, please get in touch with the Director of Undergraduate Studies
Spring Office Hours:
W: 9:00 – 11:00 am and by appointment at the Max Kade Center
Teaching interests: the German transatlantic experience, German literature of the modern era, introduction to contemporary German-speaking Europe
Research interests: World War I Immigrant poetry published in the United States, immigrant identity formation, cultural transfer