Requirements

 

Note: Students who declared a German major or minor prior to fall 2013 should meet meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to ensure that all German Studies requirements will be met.

NEW REQUIREMENTS: B.A. Major in German Studies

Hours required: 30

Required courses

After completion of German 202: Intermediate German II, students will need to complete 16 credits as follows:

GERM 301 High Intermediate German I
Continuation of GERM 202. Further development of students' use of German through reading and discussion of literary and non-literary texts (spoken, written, multimedia, combined with intensive grammar review. Introduction to expressive functions of German with emphasis on spoken and written communication. Not open to native speakers of German. Students who complete this course successfully should take GERM 302. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or placement by examination. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

GERM 302 High Intermediate German II
Continuation of GERM 301. Refinement and expansion of students' use of German. Reading and discussion in German of literary and non-literary texts (spoken, written, multimedia), combined with continued intensive grammar review. E mphasis on better understanding German grammatical structures and acquisition of vocabulary. Not open to native speakers of German. Students who complete this course successfully should take GERM 401. Prerequisite: GERM 301 or placement by examination. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Linden, Ari
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 1049 - LAWRENCE
3 51811
LEC Meyertholen, Andrea
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 1049 - LAWRENCE
3 61075
GERM 315 German Literature and the Modern Era
Introduction in English to German writers 1750-present. Discussion of themes such as technology, modern and postmodern developments, gender, war, politics, and culture in German-speaking Europe. Readings include works in translation by influential German writers. Open to first-year students and non-majors; qualifies for major or minor credit when taken with GERM 316, a one-hour discussion section. GERM 315 and GERM 316 are required for admission to all courses beyond GERM 402 (except GERM 444 and GERM 462). LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

GERM 316 Discussion Section for German Literature and the Modern Era
Discussion section to be taken with GERM 315: German Literature and the Modern Era. Introduction to critical German vocabulary for discussing German-language literature in its historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or placement by examination. GERM 315 qualifies for major or minor credit when taken with GERM 316. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

GERM 401 Advanced German I
Continuation of GERM 302. Expansion and refinement of proficiency in German (speaking, listening, reading, writing), increased understanding of German grammatical structures, development of a more sophisticated vocabulary, and introduction to stylistics through discussion and analysis of literary and nonliterary texts. Students successfully completing GERM 401 may take all other GERM courses at the 400 and 500 levels. Prerequisite: GERM 302. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

GERM 315 and GERM 316 must be completed before students can take a course beyond GERM 402 (except GERM 444 and GERM 462).

Admission to 400- and 500-level courses after GERM 402 (except GERM 444 and GERM 462) without completion of GERM 315 and GERM 316 is with permission of the Undergraduate Advisor only.

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Elective courses

A minimum of 14 credit hours at the 300, 400, and 500 levels must be completed beyond the required courses. 12 of these credit hours must be at the 400 or 500 level. In exceptional cases, undergraduates may take courses at the 600 level with permission of the Undergraduate Advisor and the instructor.

With permission of the Undergraduate Advisor, 6 credit hours at the 300, 400, or 500 levels may be counted toward the major by completing two approved courses offered by other departments with significant content related to German-speaking Europe. A 600-level course may be counted with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.

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Residency Requirement

At least 15 hours of coursework at the 300, 400, and 500 levels, including the senior capstone course, GERM 580, must be completed in residence at KU. Credits earned while studying abroad in KU programs are resident KU credits.

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NEW REQUIREMENTS: Minor in German

The minor provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the language and cultural forms of the German-speaking Europe, including literature, the arts, history, business, and politics.  

Hours required: 18

Required courses

After completion of German 202: Intermediate German II, students will need to complete the following two courses:

GERM 301 High Intermediate German I
Continuation of GERM 202. Further development of students' use of German through reading and discussion of literary and non-literary texts (spoken, written, multimedia, combined with intensive grammar review. Introduction to expressive functions of German with emphasis on spoken and written communication. Not open to native speakers of German. Students who complete this course successfully should take GERM 302. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or placement by examination. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

GERM 302 High Intermediate German II
Continuation of GERM 301. Refinement and expansion of students' use of German. Reading and discussion in German of literary and non-literary texts (spoken, written, multimedia), combined with continued intensive grammar review. E mphasis on better understanding German grammatical structures and acquisition of vocabulary. Not open to native speakers of German. Students who complete this course successfully should take GERM 401. Prerequisite: GERM 301 or placement by examination. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Linden, Ari
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 1049 - LAWRENCE
3 51811
LEC Meyertholen, Andrea
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 1049 - LAWRENCE
3 61075

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Elective courses

12 additional hours at the 300, 400, and 500 levels. GERM 315 and GERM 316 are strongly encouraged because they are prerequisites for courses above GERM 402 (except GERM 444 and GERM 462).

One approved 3-credit course offered by another department or program and with significant content related to German-speaking Europe (300-500 level) may be counted toward the German minor. A 600-level course may be counted only with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.

At least 9 credits at the 300 level and above must be acquired in residence at KU. Credits earned while studying abroad in KU programs are resident KU credits.

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Former Requirements: B.A. Major in Germanic Languages & Literatures

First- and Second-Year Preparation: Language Proficiency Sequence: Language Proficiency Sequence

  • GERM 104: Elementary German I, GERM 108: Elementary German I, GERM 212: Intermediate German II, and GERM 216: Intermediate German II should be completed as early as possible.

After GERM 216, the major requires 30 hours, 300 and above:

4 required intermediate core courses (12 hours), including

  • 2 intermediate composition courses selected from

GERM 340 Deutsche Grammatik [German Grammar, offered in our Summer Language Institutes in Eutin and Holzkirchen]

GERM 344 German History and Writing Practice

GERM 348 German Culture and Writing Practice

  • 2 introductory literature courses selected from

GERM 400 Introduction to German Literary Masterpieces [offered in our SLI in Holzkirchen]

GERM 408 Introduction to German Literature I

GERM 416 Introduction to German Literature II

5 required advanced courses 500 and above (15 hours), including

  • 6 hours of literature

1 elective course 300 or above (3 hours)

Note: 12 hours must be taken in residence, including 6 hours in courses numbered above 500.

B.A. with Departmental Honors in German within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences In addition to the requirements for the B.A. above:

  • 1 regular graduate level course (700-level) should be included in the 30 hours for the major;
  • an honors research project (GERM 753) with a professor of the student's choice;
  • an honors colloquium to discuss completed project with a committee of three professors;
  • maintain overall g.p.a of 3.25 and 3.5 in German.

Former Requirements: Minor in German

Minor in German (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/ Engineering/ Journalism) A total of 18 credit hours in German beyond GERM 216, including:

  • 2 composition courses selected from GERM 340, 344, and 348
  • 2 introductory literature courses selected from GERM 400, 408, and 416
  • 2 electives from other courses numbered 300 and above

B.S. in Education with a German Major (undergoing revision; please check with School of Education). A total of 24 credit hours in German beyond GERM 216, including:

  • 2 composition courses selected from GERM 340, 344, and 348;
  • 2 introductory literature courses selected from GERM 400, 408, and 416;
  • GERM 444 German Conversation for Everyday Use;
  • 1 course in German culture (GERM 588/ 590/ 620);
  • GERM 630 Advanced German Grammar;
  • GERM 712 Structure of Modern Standard German.

B.S. in Education with a German Minor (undergoing revision; please check with School of Education). A total of 15 credit hours in German beyond GERM 216, including:

  • 2 composition courses selected from GERM 340, 344, and 348;
  • GERM 444 German Conversation for Everyday Use;
  • 1 course in German culture (GERM 588/ 590/ 620);
  • GERM 712 Structure of Modern Standard German.

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