B.A. in Germanic Studies

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DESCRIPTION

The Major

The 36-credit BA in Germanic Studies is centered on the study of the German language and the literatures and cultures of Germanic peoples. Undergraduate majors develop advanced language proficiency in German and demonstrate knowledge of the institutions, values, and cultural products of the German-speaking world. The major is comprised of 9 credits in the core language sequence; 24 credits of 300-400 level courses (6 credits of language courses; 6 credits of literature courses; 6 credits of culture courses; and 6 credits of electives); and 3 credits from the capstone course.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the requirements for the major in Germanic Studies can expect to be able to speak, read, write, and understand German at a level that would allow them to communicate with native speakers, to recognize and interpret the diverse cultural perspectives and products of the German-speaking world, and to be culturally sensitive members of society. Students will acquire the following knowledge and skills:

  1. Understand and make themselves understood by native speakers of German in spoken and written media; recognize and use a variety of registers of written and spoken German; practice both spontaneous and reflective writing; translate texts from German to English beyond a word-for-word level; and recognize strategies for improving linguistic competence in German.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major ideas in the study of texts and traditions of the German-speaking world.
  3. Interpret written texts in a variety of genres and understand the importance of authorial or speaker perspective in the interpretation of texts.
  4. Conduct research in the fields of language, literature, and culture in German.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity toward speakers and learners of other languages, and toward individuals and groups from diverse cultural and linguistic traditions.

REQUIREMENTS (See TESTUDO for the current list of GERM course offerings)

All students new to SLLC courses must take the online Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) before registering for classes.

Prerequisite Courses

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

GERM 103

Intensive Elementary German

4

None

GERM 203

Intensive Intermediate German

4

GERM 103

Note: Students with prior experience in German may satisfy these prerequisites by placement in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.

Language Acquisition Courses (9 Credits)

 

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Prerequisites

GERM 204

German Grammar Review

3

GERM 103

GERM 301

Conversation and Composition I: Germany and Its People

3

GERM 204

GERM 302

Conversation and Composition II: Current Topics in German Society

3

GERM 301

Area Requirements (24 Credits)

Eight courses, to include a minimum of 2 upper-level courses in each of three areas: literature, language, and culture.

(See TESTUDO for the current list of GERM course offerings)

Capstone Seminar (GERM488) (3 credits)

This course is to be taken in the Spring semester of the Major’s senior year. In this seminar, students will receive sustained instruction and additional practice in the areas of writing proficiency and cultural literacy. Students will engage closely with a cultural topic and conduct in-depth research on the topic and consider its relevance within contemporary German society as well as within the broader global context. The seminar will culminate in a research paper and an oral presentation of the student’s project.

Notes:

  • Students with prior experience in German may satisfy language aquisition requirements by placement in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.
  • All pre-requisites imply "or equivalent knowledge." In cases of equivalent knowledge, required language-focus credits are replaced with the written approval of the Undergraduate Advisor or the Program Director. In order to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, students are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Assessment (FLPA).
  • No more than 6 credits of the 36 total required may be satisfied by courses taught in English. With the approval of the Germanic Studies advisor, up to 6 credits of these courses may be taken outside the department.Most content courses taught in German are not open to fluent or native speakers of German.
  • All majors returning from study abroad must take one 400 level course before graduating.

STUDY ABROAD AND INTERNSHIPS

Study Abroad for at least one summer session is highly recommended. With the approval of the major advisor, courses taken through Study Abroad may be applied to the total of 36 credits. Internships (GERM368) are also encouraged (no more than 3 credits may be applied to the major).

DECLARING A GERMANIC STUDIES MAJOR

We recommend that interested students declare their major as early as possible

Step 1

Carefully read all GERM major Requirements

Step 2

Read through all information carefully, and pencil in a sequence of courses to discuss with the program advisor, Dr. Regina Ianozi ianozi@umd.edu).

Step 3

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at the College of Arts and Humanities (301-405-2108) to make an appointment to discuss the non-Germanic Studies aspects of your 4-Year plan (bring signed form from previous step), including CORE courses. Walk-in hours are also available.

Step 4

If you are adding Germanic Studies as an additional major, check with your home department and college to identify paperwork you may need to complete.

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Advisor: Dr. Regina Ianozi
Office: 3206 Jiménez
Email: ianozi@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-4091

For more information about advising, please visit the advising section of our website.