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German Studies, Cornell University

Cornell University Department of German Studies Cornell Univeristy

Honors Program

Undergraduate Studies


Honors Program

Honors in German Studies are awarded for excellence in the major, which includes overall grade point average and completion of the honors thesis. Students are awarded either honors (cum laude), high honors (magna cum laude), or the highest honors (summa cum laude) in the program based on the honors advisers’ evaluation of the level and the quality of the work completed toward the honors degree. The honors distinction will be noted on the student’s official transcript and it will also be indicated on the student’s diploma.

Prerequisites for admission. Students must have upper-class standing, and an overall GPA of a B or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major. Students must first consult with the DUS in German Studies regarding eligibility for the honors program.

Procedure. Students who wish to be considered for honors ideally should apply to the DUS no later than the second term of the Junior year. Students who are off campus in their junior year must apply by the third week of classes in the first semester of their senior year. Students should secure the consent of a faculty member to serve as the director of both the reading course (GERST 4530) and the writing of a thesis (GERST 4540). With the help of their thesis adviser students choose an area of special interest and identify at least one other faculty member who is willing to serve on the honors committee. An oral thesis defense concludes the process.