German Studies Major
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC)
Program Director: Josh Alvizu, Ph.D.
The 36-credit BA in German Studies is centered on the study of the German language as well as the literatures and cultures of Germanic peoples. Students who complete the requirements for the major can expect to be able to speak, read, write, and understand German at a level that would allow them to communicate with native speakers. Additionally, students will be able to recognize and interpret the diverse cultural perspectives and products of the German-speaking world, in order to be culturally sensitive members of society.
Placement in Courses
For information about the Foreign Language Placement Assessment, go to: arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpa.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to communicate effectively in writing in German by demonstrating accuracy in use of grammatical structures, using appropriate linguistic register, formulating persuasive arguments supported with appropriate textual evidence and incorporating secondary literature.
- Students will be able to critically interpret written texts in a variety of genres (literature, realia, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, poems, dramas, etc.) and demonstrate knowledge of literary concepts.
- Students will be able to communicate effectively in spoken German, demonstrating accuracy in use of grammatical structures, using appropriate linguistic register, and demonstrating a fluency in speaking that includes pronunciation that does not interfere with communication.
- Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the institutions, values, and cultural products of Germany and/or the German-speaking world.
Prerequisite: 8 credits: GERM103 and GERM203 or equivalent
|Core Language Sequence|
|GERM204||German Grammar Review||3|
|GERM301||Conversation and Composition I: The German-Speaking World||3|
|GERM302||Conversation and Composition II: Current Topics in German-Speaking Society||3|
|Area Requirements 1|
|Select a minimum of 6 credits of the following language courses:||6|
|Practicum in Translation I|
|Selected Topics in German Language Studies|
|Advanced Conversation and Composition|
|Selected Topics in German Language Studies|
|Variation in Contemporary German Language|
|Select a minimum of 6 credits of the following literature courses:||6|
|Survey of German Studies|
|Highlights of German Literature and Culture|
|The Usual Suspects: Criminals in German Literature and Film|
|Selected Topics in German Literature|
|Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Society|
|Literature as Cultural Discourse|
|The German-Jewish Experience|
|Literary or Media Genres|
|Select a minimum of 6 credits of the following culture courses:||6|
|Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm 2|
|Selected Topics in the Cultures of the Germanic Speaking Countries|
|Special Topics in German Studies|
|The Great Derangement: Climate, Art, and Literature|
|The 'Warrior' in German Culture: From Valiant Knights to Brazen Terrorists|
|Topics in German Culture 2|
|Selected Topics in German Studies|
|Border Crossings and Cultural Transfers|
|Selected Topics in Germanic Studies|
|Social Issues in German Culture|
|Select three 3xx or 4xx level elective courses||9|
A minimum of two 3xx or 4xx level courses in each of three areas: language, literature, and culture and 3 electives.
Taught in English
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
Language of Instruction
No more than 9 credits of the 36 total required may be satisfied by courses taught in English. With the approval of the German Studies advisor, 6 of the 9 credits may be taken outside the department.
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Internships (GERM386) are also encouraged (no more than 6 credits may be applied to the major). GERM386 may not replace the required 6 credits of 3xx or 4xx level courses in any of the three categories.
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