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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 advisor, you will determine the project’s form and the environment in which it is to be pursued.”
--Senior Individualized Project Handbook, 2005

German majors, minors, or students with advanced proficiency in German may choose to complete their Senior Individualized Project in the German Studies 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 be written in German. A two credit SIP (summer/fall) should be 70-80 pages in length. A one credit SIP (fall) should be 40-60 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:

  • "The Effect of Post-appeals on Facebook User Interactions in German Automotive Companies" by Shelby Hopper, 2018
  • "Deutsch-Amerikanische Städtepartnerschaften: Geschichtliche und Organisatorische Trends" by Anne Nielsen, 2017
  • "Die Integration der Flüchtlingsschüler*innen und Schüler*innen mit Migrationshintergrund in die Bildungssysteme der USA und Deutschlands" by Analise Robinson, 2017
  • "Die Rolle der Frauen in Deutschland: Eine Analyse der soziologischen und historischen Entwicklung des deutschen Frauenbilds" by Sapana Gupta, 2017
  • "Ein Blick auf den deutschen Waldkindergarten, die Freiluftvorschule ohne Grenzen" by Brittany Trombino, 2016
  • "Die größten Einflüsse auf die deutsche Industrie" by Alyssa L. Walker, 2015
  • "Der Mythos der Stunde Null und die Erinnerung im Film" by Mallory Zink, 2015