Honors

MDFL Honors Program

Since 2011, the MDFL Department Honors Program has recognized superior acheivement in French, German and Spanish. In order to be admitted to the Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • French, German, MDFL, or Spanish major
  • junior status
  • completion of one 300-level course in the target language; one course com/con suggested
  • 3.4 minimum overall G.P.A.
  • 3.7 minimum G.P.A. in the MDFL major

Admission to the Program must also be approved by the student's thesis director and the department chair, typically during the spring semester of an applicant's junior year. Once admitted to the program, candidates work closely with a chosen faculty member to complete a thesis; the thesis--with the permission of the thesis director--may be in the target language or English. A minimum grade of B+ is required on the final draft of the thesis in order for the candidate to be awarded Department Honors. For additional information, download an Honors application.

Candidates also have opportunities to present their research at the annual spring Augustana Symposium or at regional or national conferences. Research funding is also available to help defray travel costs to attend regional or national conferences. Honors students may also elect to submit an electronic version of their thesis to the Augustana University Student Research Archive maintained by Mikklesen Library.

Academic Honor Societies

The Department is also proud to sponsor three national foreign-language honor societies:

Students who meet the requirements for membership are invited to join and are eligible to apply for national scholarships for study abroad.

Departmental Honors Recipients

2020-2021

Ashley Schulz—German
Covid-19 und die Auswirkungen.
Callin Naddy—German
EILMELDUNG! Journalismus stirbt nicht!: Ein kurzer Blick auf die journalistischen Praktiken und Lösungen heute.

2019-2020

Kristina Ritschard—German
Die Rolle von Schweizerdeutsch: Soziologie und Sprachwandel in der Schweiz.
Anna Kramer Steinwand—Spanish
Hungry for Change. Food Rationing and Shortages in Cuba.
Marissa Pacheco—French
Une Analyse du "Petit Poucet" de Charles Perrault.
Destiny Pinder-Buckley—French
Les Stéréotypes dans Les Contes de ma mère l'Oie de Charles Perrault.
Sara Schmanski—French
Le Rôle des femmes dans les contes de fées français.

2018-2019

Samantha Vaverka—Spanish
Una obsesión con el poder.
Rachel Damhof—Spanish
Ayotzinapa: a Case Study of Civil Resistance.
Megan Lindely—Spanish
A New Definition of Human Capital.

2017-2018

Wyatt Dickson—German
Die Auswirkungen des Nationalsozialismus in der Geschichte der deutschen Filmindustrie.
Alexandra Fairchild—German
"Unser System ist das beste": Was amerikanische Schulen lernen sollen.
Kelsey Stotz—German
Die Gottesruhkapelle in Windsbach: verborgene Perle in Franken.

2016-2017

Cassandra Dulek—Spanish
La preservación y manipulación de la historia a través de la existencia virtual y la inmortalidad artificial en La invención de Morel.
Cortney Mabry—Spanish
Historia y comentario sobre El rapto de las mulatas de Carlos Enríquez.
Elizabeth Renner—Spanish
Derribando el muro: Un análisis de las perspectivas de los inmigrantes sobre el muro fronterizo y estrategias para promover la comprensión intercultural.
Emily Roseth—Spanish
Un análisis sobre sexismo y feminismo en la literatura hispanoamericana.
Madison Wilson—German
Die Flüchtlingsproblematik am Beispiel des Landes Brandenburg.

2014-2015

Phillip Elyea—German
Zwei Welten, zwei Supermärkte: Ein Vergleich zwischen Hy-Vee und Kaufland.
Eric Habbe—Spanish
Las influencias, la intertextualidad, y el cuestionamiento de géneros literarios en La invención de Morel de Adolfo Bioy Casares.
Madeline Nykamp—French
Le Rôle des femmes dans les contes de Bernier, Maupassant et duy Khiêm.
Reid Rasmussen—German
Ein Land so stark wie seine Armee: Friedrich der Große und die Residenzstadt Potsdam.

2013-2014

Laura Bane—French
L'utilisation de l'espace: une analyse du film Chocolat de Claire Denis.
Austin Mielke—German
Denglisch—gefährlich oder einfach normal?