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Senior Individualized Project (SIP) in German

“The Senior Individualized Project is the capstone of Kalamazoo College’s program of liberal arts education. The SIP offers you the opportunity to make use of all your experiences at the College. In consultation with a faculty member who will serve as your faculty SIP supervisor, you will determine the project’s form and the environment in which it is to be pursued.”
--Senior Individualized Project Handbook, 2005-2005

German majors, minors, or students with advanced proficiency in German may choose to complete their Senior Individualized Project in the German department. Students who study abroad in Erlangen or Bonn during their Junior year are encouraged to begin developing a SIP topic while in Germany, or even during their sophomore year. An idea for a SIP may, for example, develop out of a student’s Integrative Cultural Research Project (ICRP), which students on the long-term programs in Bonn and Erlangen are required to complete. The SIP may be an original research paper on an aspect of German literature or culture, a translation, or a report based on an internship completed in Germany.

One or both members of the German faculty may serve as advisors for German SIPs. Once a student has chosen a SIP topic and advisor, a SIP contract must be filed with the department chair, as well as a SIP registration form with the Registrar’s Office.

The SIP should ideally be written in German, but depending on the topic, all or part of the SIP may be written in English. A two credit SIP (summer/fall) should be 70-100 pages in length. A one credit SIP (fall) should be 40-70 pages in length. In both cases, the final, revised draft of the SIP is due on the last day of finals week during the fall quarter.

SIP with Honors: It is possible to earn honors for the SIP. In addition to fulfilling all of the above requirements, a student must also make a graded formal presentation of the SIP during the German Studies Department's SIP Symposium during the spring quarter.

The following are examples of Senior Individualized Projects that have recently been completed in the German department:

  • "Die groessten Einfluesse auf die deutsche Industrie" by Alyssa L. Walker, 2015
  • "Der Mythos der Stunde Null und die Erinnerung im Film" by Mallory Zink, 2015
  • "Uebersetzung fuenf Werken zum Themen Nachkriegszeit und Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung und Analyse deren Ausfuehrung" by Alexandra Norman, 2013
  • "Die amerikanische Waldorfschule: Der Einfluss ein der deutsch Paedagogok af das Leben und Lernen in Amerika", by Natalie Schneider, 2010 
  •   "The Lives and Identities of Individuals in the Socialist Societies of Easy Germany and China as Portrayed through Literature" by Paul Gahman, Winter 2007
  •   "Die Gastarbeiterzeit, "multikulti" und Assimilation: Ein Blick auf griechische Immigranten und Gastarbeiterpolitik Deutschlands" by Rachel Hill, 2007
  •   "Meine Erfahrungen in einer deutschen Firma" by Kyle Hartwell, Fall 2006
  •   "Ostalgie: die Untersuchung eines Phänomen" by Rachael Rehberg, 2006
  •   "Nach David" by Rebecca Frost, 2006
  •   "Anti-Americanism in Germany: A Literary-Historical Analysis" by Brian M. Weigandt, Fall 2003
  •   "Die deutsche Erfahrung in Amerika" ["The German Experience in America"] by Annika Rigole, Fall 2003
  •   "Teaching Language through Radio Programming: A German curriculum developed for Concordia Language Villages" by David J. Poytinger, Fall 2003

For more information about the SIP, see the “Senior Individualized Project Handbook, 2005-2006.” It is available in the German department office (DE 211).