German Awards & Honors

Students may request nomination for the senior honors program by filing an application form, or they may be nominated by faculty. Qualifying requirements include an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0, with 3.5 in the German major, and at least 105 units completed, including at least two upper-division courses in German.

To earn departmental senior honors, students will work with a professor of choice for two quarters to complete a senior thesis, while receiving course credit for German 197 (Senior Honors Project). No more than 4 units of 197 credit may be applied to the major requirements. Students who complete departmental honors will receive the notation of "Distinction in the Major" on both official transcripts and their diploma. Students interested in departmental honors should consult with the undergraduate advisor in German.

Department Awards

Harry Steinhauer Award
Awarded annually to an outstanding senior in German, as selected by the German faculty, in memory of Harry Steinhauer, Professor of German (1964-71), emeritus.
Criteria: Outstanding graduating German major
Selection: Selected by the German faculty.

Certificate of Excellence
Awarded annually to students who have been recognized by the Germanic Studies faculty for their outstanding scholastic achievement in Germanic Studies.
Criteria: Awarded to UCSB student(s), regardless of standing or major, who have worked exceptionally hard or who have produced outstanding work in German.
Selection: Selected from faculty nominations

For additional information about these awards, please contact or visit the Department office.