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German Language and Literature M.A.

Degree Requirements for the M.A. in German 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 coursework, completion of the thesis of approximately 50-75 pages (6 credits) with oral defense, and a written M.A. exam. In addition, students will prepare a reflection paper (5-10 pages) that addresses their development of a personal theoretical and methodological standpoint in the course of the master’s program.

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 coursework, completion of a revised scholarly paper of approximately 25-30 pages with oral defense and a written M.A. exam. In addition, students will prepare a reflection paper (5-10 pages) that addresses their development of a personal theoretical and methodological standpoint in the course of the master’s program.

Course Requirements for the M.A. in German 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-levels. Courses at the 400 level may be counted toward the degree only with the approval of the advisor and director of graduate studies. 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 campuswide (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 GERM799 in place of two electives.

M.A. Exams

The written M.A. exam draws on students’ coursework in the Department of German Studies. In consultation with faculty, students select one area of concentration and devise a reading list for this area consisting of approximately 25 sources. Faculty members formulate exam questions based on the reading list. During the exam, students write essays in response to two of the four exam questions. The exam period is three hours. The exam may be written in German or English.

Who to Contact

Julie Koser

Associate Professor, German Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Associate Faculty, Classics
Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

3210 Jimenez Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4106