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The Ad Hoc Honors Program in Germanics

Students majoring in German are invited to consider the option of joining the Departmental Honors Program and taking upper-division courses for ad hoc honors. Successful completion qualifies the student to graduate with Distinction in German, which will be noted on his/her transcript.

The ad hoc honors program in Germanics provides students majoring in Germanics an opportunity to acquire more in-depth knowledge of the culture and history of the German-speaking countries and, from a broader perspective, more in-depth knowledge of culture and history in general, especially of Europe. By "culture" we include popular culture encompassing both film and the broadcasting media. The ad hoc honors option also gives our students the opportunity of closer intellectual contact with faculty and trains students to design and execute their own research. 

In order to qualify for the program

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.3;
  • Students must have a GPA in Germanics of 3.5;
  • Students must have completed German 101 through 203, or the equivalent.

(Students must also have an overall GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA in Germanics of 3.5 upon graduation.)

After acceptance into the program, students must earn 20 ad hoc credits Honors in 300/400/500-level courses in Germanics. Students may also count German 220, "Origins of the Germanic Languages," toward the 20 credits.

To take a course for ad hoc honors:

By Friday of the first week of the quarter the student must locate an instructor teaching that quarter who is willing to permit the student to take the instructor's course for ad hoc honors. Students and instructor must then agree on a project to be completed that quarter. Here you find previous projects: Ad Hoc Honors Projects 2015 - 2017 

For Fall 2018, applications (online) must be completed and submitted by Monday, October 8 at 9:00am.

Here you find more info: Ad Hoc Honors

In the online application process, you will be asked to provide information including the instructor's name and UW NetID (e.g. WITHOUT You will also be asked to provide the Germanics Honors Advisor's name and UW NetD. That is currently Jason Groves with the following UW NetID: jagroves.

You will also be asked to provide the following information online (which you should first discuss with the instructor of your proposed ad hoc course):

Outline your proposed ad hoc project. What is the primary focus of your project? What additional work will you complete and how does it differ from the standard coursework? Include details about assignments, resources, activities and progress toward overall objectives.

Discuss your motivations for pursuing this ad hoc project. What do you hope to gain from completion of this project?

How does this additional work connect with the educational goals of the course?

Outline your plan of interaction with your instructor, including in-person meetings, forms of feedback and additional communication.