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

German Studies

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Requirements for Major

German Studies: Prerequisites for declaration of the German Studies major are completion of or exemption from GERM 202 and completion of GETR 233, Introduction to German Studies.  Requirements: students must complete 3 credits (usually 10 courses) beyond GERM 202 and GETR 233; 5 courses must have German as the language of instruction, three of which must be: GERM 300 (Intensive Grammar), GERM 301 (Introduction to Literature), either GERM 311 or 312 (Surveys of German Literature) or an approved substitution in German literature. Additionally, German Studies majors will devise in consultation with their German Department advisor and, where necessary, an advisor from outside the German Department an individualized program that includes two relevant courses in a specific area of concentration (e.g. history, philosophy, politics, or art history) and three additional courses from departmental offerings (GETR or GERM) or from approved courses offered by the Departments of History, Media Studies, Drama, Art History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology Music, Religious Studies, Anthropology, and the School of Architecture.  Additionally, it is strongly recommended that all students take at least one course in modern German history.

Distinguished Majors Program in German Studies

Distinguished Majors Program in German Studies: This program is available to German Studies majors presenting an overall GPA of 3.400 and a letter of recommendation from a member of the German Studies faculty. The DMP consists of a minimum of one relevant 400-level course, a relevant graduate course (500-level) in the student’s disciplinary concentration or, where applicable, the German Department, GERM 490 (Thesis) or GERM 491 (Honors Research and Thesis), in addition to the requirements for the German Studies major. Students may elect a full-year program (GERM 491) or semester program (GERM 491) in their fourth year. In either case, an honors these 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;

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