MDFL Honors Program
Since 2011, the MDFL Department Honors Program recognizes 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 in the target language. 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.
Recent Honors Recipients
- 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
- Laura Bane—French
- L'utilisation de l'espace: une analyse du film Chocolat de Claire Denis.
- Austin Mielke—German
- Denglisch—gefährlich oder einfach normal?