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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German - BA

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Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses must be completed before embarking upon the major. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placement.

Major- 24 credits

The major consists of 24 credits chosen from the following courses:

Additional Information

At least 12 credits must be earned by taking advanced classes in German literature and culture (numbered 32000-35900; also 44400). 

Three or more of these credits must be from level II literature courses (numbered 34000-35900; also 44400). Majors are permitted to substitute one level I literature course (numbered 32000-33900) with a level II language course (numbered 38100-38500).

Students are encouraged to consult a departmental adviser as early as possible to plan their course of studies in German.

Students who begin German in college may count the following as major courses.

Preparation for Teaching in Grades 7-12

In cooperation with the School of Education, the program in German provides opportunities for students to prepare for a career in teaching German in grades 7-12. Students preparing to teach German must complete a 33-credit major option (Option 2) for teaching that includes the 24-credit sequence (Option 1) taken by non-teaching majors plus 9 additional credits: GERMN 39900  and 6 additional credits in advanced GRMN language and literature courses in the German Department between GERMN 30100  and GERMN 44400  or GERMN 24000 , GERMN 24100  or 300-level courses related to German studies offered in other departments (with prior approval by the chairperson of the German Department). Students interested in teaching German in New York schools will take the 23-credit pedagogical sequence for grades 7-12 Languages Other than English: Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish (BA) Additional Coursework and Student Teaching  along with the major in German. This sequence may count toward the course requirements for New York State Certification but will not by itself be sufficient for certification. Students interested in a teaching career should consult with the School of Education. All students who want to pursue a teaching certificate in German must take an oral examination with the German Department. See the School of Education  section of this catalog for further information.

Minor in German

The German minor consists of 12 credits in language and/or literature taught in German at the 300-level or above (GERMN 30100   -  GERMN 35900 , GERMN 38501  - GERMN 44400 ).  Students who begin their study of German in college may count GERMN 20100  and GERMN 20200  (or GERMN 20300 ) towards the minor and will need to take at least two courses at the 300-level.

Prerequisites: 6 credits: GERMN 10100  and GERMN 10200  , or equivalent


All courses offered are open to all qualified students as electives. For placement, consult a departmental adviser or the department chair.

Honors, Tutorials

Consult the department chair for these special programs. In order to graduate with departmental honors the student has to write an honors essay in the following. Please check under “Academic Honors” for exact details. Students who qualify can be elected to the German Honor Society Sigma Epsilon Phi. Please consult the department for exact requirements.

Study Abroad

The German Department sponsors a summer study abroad program in Kassel, Germany, for students at all levels.

Exchange Program with Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany

The German Department has a semester-long or year-long exchange program with the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhewww.ph-karlsruhe.de/index.php. The department will help students seek financial support.  Please consult the department for details.

International Examinations

The German Department is a testing site for the “Goethe Zertifikate” B1, B2 and C1.  These examinations are given world-wide by the Goethe Institute www.goethe.de/lrn/prj/pba/bes/enindex.htm, the cultural arm of the German government.

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