The faculty expected students in the capstone course to complete requirements for a content-rich course and also produce a research paper in German, but discovered that most students did not have the research skills to write such a paper. After participating in the 2017-2018 Center for Undergraduate Research Faculty Working Group on Integrating Research into the Curriculum, they decided to scaffold research skills strategically into five required courses in the German Studies major:
GERM 301: High Intermediate German I
GERM 302: High Intermediate German II
GERM 315: German Literature and the Modern Era
GERM 401: Advanced German I
GERM 580: Senior Capstone Course: Contemporary German-Speaking Europe
Vanchena, Lorie A., Trina Emler, Frances A. Devlin, Nina Vyatkina, Emily Arsenault, Andrea Meyertholen, and Ari Linden. “Integrating Research Skills into the German Studies Curriculum.” Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Celebration of Teaching, Slawson Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 10 May 2019. Poster presentation.