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Undergraduate Record 2007-2008 
Undergraduate Record 2007-2008 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Requirements for Major

German Language and Literature: ten courses or 30 credits in German at the 300 level or above, including GERM 300, 301, 311 or 312, one 400-level German literature course, and one additional German literature course.  Enrollment in any 500-level course requires the instructor’s permission. No more than two GETR/YITR courses are accepted.                                                                                         


Distinguished Majors Program in German Language and Literature

Distinguished Majors Program in German Language and Literature: This program is available to German Language and Literature majors presenting an overall GPA of 3.400 and a letter of recommendation from a department faculty member. The DMP consists of GERM 460 (Senior Seminar), a graduate course (500-level), GERM 490 (Thesis) or GERM 491 (Honors Research and Thesis), in addition to the requirements for the German major. Students may elect a full-year program (GERM 491) or semester program (GERM 490) their senior year. In either case, an honors thesis of approximately 25 pages (one semester program) or 40 pages (full-year program) is to be submitted by April 25.

Requirements for Minor

Six courses or 18 semester hours in German at the 300-level or above, including GERM 300 and 301. One GETR/YITR course may be counted toward the minor. Up to 9 credits may be transferred from other institutions (prior approval required).

High School Teaching in German

For students interested in pursuing a high school teaching career, there are two options in conjunction with the Curry School of Education: a five-year program, in which the student may earn two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Teaching, and a 15-month program, the post-baccalaureate Master of Teaching. For more information, contact the Curry School of Education, or Janette Hudson, German Department.

GERM 111 and 112

These two courses are for beginners. All students with any previous background in German who have not taken the SAT II Subject Test or the Advanced Placement test must take the German placement test if planning to take German at any time in their college career. This test is administered during summer and fall orientation only. The sequence of courses is GERM 101, 102, 201, 202. Once a student has placed in the required course sequence, she or he must complete each successive course with a passing grade. A student may not skip, for example, from GERM 102 to GERM 202. Students may not take more than one course in the sequence at a time. Those who place higher than course 202 in a language and have successfully taken an advanced placement examination in that language are relieved of the foreign language requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

Additional Information

For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, P.O. Box 400125, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4125; (434) 924-3530;

Course Descriptions

Note: Unless otherwise stated, GERM courses are conducted in German. GETR courses have readings and discussions in English.

Courses Taught in German

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