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College Catalog 2016-2017 
College Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German (B.A.)

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Student Learning Outcomes for German:

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate (speak and comprehend) at the Advanced level according to ACTFL guidelines.

  • Write at the Advanced level according to ACTFL guidelines.

  • Write a research project in German focused on reading primary and secondary sources in German.

  • Use appropriately and explain most grammatical structures of the German language.

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the perspectives and products of the cultures studied in themselves and in comparison with their own culture.

  • Read, analyze and interpret literary texts in terms of themes, characters, structure, style, and overall textual strategies, and situate those texts in their cultural contexts.

German majors must complete a minimum of 20 credits (four courses) in residency (200-level or above) and a minimum of 15 credits over two semesters in an approved study-abroad program.

In exceptional cases, certain double majors who can prove that they cannot otherwise satisfy all requirements of both majors may apply for an exception of one semester for the full-year study-abroad requirement. Any double majors granted this exception still must obtain a minimum oral rating of Advanced.

Majors must complete the following courses in residency:

A minimum of 15 credits must be completed during a one-year (two-semester) study-abroad experience.

Students must complete courses at the 300 (advanced) level or above that include one conversation and composition in German; one German phonetics; one German history, art or culture; one German literature; and one German elective. After completing the required course work, majors must take an oral interview on campus and receive a minimum rating of Advanced.

Suggested first year courses:

Spring semester:


Students with more than two years of German must take the online language placement exam before registering in a language course for academic credit, unless the student begins a new language. Students are not allowed to take GER 111  if they have completed high school level 3 or higher.

Language Incentive Placement Policy: Students who place into a modern language course at the 211-level or higher and earn a B- or better are eligible to receive credit for the previous course in the sequence.

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