Dec 03, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German - BA

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Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019 .

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.

Courses Required for the Major (24-30 credits)

Elementary and Intermediate German Language Courses (12 credits)

Advanced Courses in German Language and Literature (18 - 24 credits)

Students who begin their German study in college (GERMN 10100  and GERMN 10200  or equivalent on the transcript) must take an additional total of 18 credits in Advanced German Language and Literature Courses numbered above GERMN 30000. Students who began their German study before entering college (no GERMN 10100  and GERMN 10200  or equivalent on the transcript) must take a total of 24 credits in Advanced German Language and Literature Courses numbered above GERMN 30000. Note: Courses on German literature or culture taught in English cannot be used to fulfill requirements for a German major.

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 (any course with a number that begins with 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 The School of Education  section of this catalog for further information.


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

Summer study abroad programs, supported by scholarships, are open to students at all levels. Please contact the department chair for details.

Exchange Program with Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany

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

Degree Map for German

Degree Map for German  

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