German MA Program

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M.A. in Germanic Studies
Course Requirements
M.A. Comprehensive Examinations

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Degree Requirements for the M.A. in Germanic Studies:

We offer two courses of study for M.A. students with slightly different degree requirements, the Thesis Option and the Non-Thesis Option.

The Thesis Option is recommended for students who plan to apply to a Ph.D. program and for those who would like to pursue an in-depth independent research project. The Thesis Option requires 24 hours of course work, completion of the thesis (6 credits) with oral defense, and a written M.A. exam.

The Non-Thesis Option is recommended for students who would like to enroll in a diverse range of courses rather than specialized research. The Non-Thesis Option requires 30 hours of course work, completion of a revised scholarly paper of approximately 25-30 pages with oral defense, and a written M.A. exam.

Course Requirements for the M.A. in Germanic Studies:

We encourage students to shape an individualized course of study tailored to their own interests and in consultation with their advisor. Students are required to complete between 24-30 hours of courses at the 600 to 800 level. Courses at the 400 level my be counted toward the degree only with the approval of the advisor and graduate coordinator. Students are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Required courses include the following:

• Introduction to German Studies (3 credits)

• Teaching Foreign Languages in Higher Education (1 credit)

• Five courses drawn from core offerings in German culture, literature, and language studies (15 credits)

Elective courses may include the following:

• Interdisciplinary SLLC graduate courses or courses pertaining to students’ interests offered campus-wide (e.g. in Comparative Literature, English, History, Philosophy, Women’s Studies, etc.) (up to 9 credits)*

• One course from the interdepartmental SLA program (3 credits)

*Students who choose the Thesis Option will enroll in 6 credits of GERM 799 in place of two electives.

M.A. Exams

The written M.A. exam draws on students’ coursework in the Department of Germanic Studies. In consultation with faculty, students devise a reading list that forms the basis of the exam. The exam may be written in German or English.