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Each year the Department of German Studies offers several student awards and honors.

  • "'Der Sprachpreis' for German Language Acquisition" recognizes students for their outstanding achievement in first- and second-year German.
  • The "German Studies Award for Excellence" is the highest honor the department bestows on a student of German and is given typically to a German major or minor who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the study of German and to the German Studies Department.  
  • The “Marianne Lancaster Student Engagement Award” recognizes student engagement in German Studies in and beyond the department, both academically and extra-curricularly
  • In addition, the Emory College Language Center recognizes each year one student of German who has excelled in upper-level German courses.

Delta Phi Alpha

Delta Phi Alpha is a National German Honor Society that recognizes excellence in the study of German. The requirements for membership into Delta Phi Alpha are:

  • A minimum of four semesters of college courses in the German language above German 102
  • a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all German courses
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0. 

Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma Iota is an international Foreign Language Honor Society, recognizing outstanding students of foreign languages, linguistics, comparative literature, and classics. The requirements for membership are:

  • a GPA of 3.67 or higher in the foreign language classes and
  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.

Students must have completed at least two courses above the 100 level in a given foreign language.

Viola Westbrook Endowed Scholarship 

The German Studies Department is pleased to be able to provide the Viola Westbrook Endowed Scholarship to two German Studies majors or minors enrolled in either the department’s own summer study abroad program in Vienna or another study abroad program coordinated by Emory’s Office of International and Summer Programs. For over four decades Viola Westbrook taught German at Emory and through her contagious and seemingly boundless energy fostered in-depth understanding of German-speaking life, culture, and history.

The department is particularly indebted to the generous support of her husband, Albert Westbrook, and to Stuart A. Rose (76B), Emory alumnus and literary benefactor, and many other colleagues and friends of the department who made valuable contributions to the endowed fund.