Sep 22, 2021
Students who complete a German major will gain an understanding and appreciation of German culture and civilization, past and present. They will comprehend spoken and written German to the level of understanding the classics of German prose, drama, and poetry. They either will have reached or will be well on their way towards reaching the linguistic and cultural capacity for engaging in intellectual discourse in written and spoken German.
Students who have some knowledge of German gained outside of Hunter College should consult Prof. Anderson, Prof. Kuhn-Osius, Prof. Nicolai, or Prof. Zimmerman regarding placement in the German major.
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: General Education - Effective Fall 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 (27-33 credits)
Elementary and Intermediate German Language Courses (0-12 credits)
Advanced Courses in German Language and Culture (21-27 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 21 credits in Advanced German Language and Culture Courses numbered GERMN 24000 and above. 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 27 credits in Advanced German Language and Culture Courses numbered GERMN 24000 and above. Note: Only one course on German culture taught in English may be used to fulfill requirements for a German major.
Advanced courses in language, level I (30100 - 31200):
Advanced courses in literature, level I (32000 - 33900):
Advanced courses in literature, level II (34000 - 35900):
Advanced courses in language, level II (all course numbers beginning with 38500);
German Culture Courses Conducted in English:
At least nine credits must be earned by taking advanced classes in German literature and culture (numbered 32000-35900; also 44400). At least six credits must be from level II courses (numbered 34000-38500; also 44400).
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.
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.
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 Karlsruhe. The department will help students seek financial support. Please consult the department for details.