Requirements for German Studies Major and Minor

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures offers a BA Major and Minor in German Studies. Please see Catalog for degree requirements.

For a list of courses offered each semester, please see Course Offerings.

Many courses in the German Studies curriculum fulfill goals and learning outcomes for the KU Core. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor if you have any questions about the KU Core.

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 15 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.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Meyertholen, Andrea
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 1015 - LAWRENCE
3 18942
LEC Linden, Ari
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 1015 - LAWRENCE
3 20400
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.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

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. GERM 315 is required for admission to all courses beyond GERM 402 except GERM 462. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vanchena, Lorie
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM SMI 108 - LAWRENCE
3 19112
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.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vyatkina, Nina
MW 12:30-01:45 PM WES 4019 - LAWRENCE
3 21000
GERM 580 Senior Capstone Course: German-Speaking Europe Today
Focus on synthesizing students' knowledge of the history, culture, and politics of German-speaking Europe 1945-present. Consideration of scholarly articles, journalism, essays, literary texts, film, and the arts on topics including cultural identity in post-unified Germany; European integration; current debates and controversies; political parties and leading political figures; role of literature, film, music, visual arts, media, and popular culture; role of universities. Required of all German majors in senior year. Prerequisite: GERM 315, GERM 401, and senior standing. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

GERM 315 must be completed before students can take a course beyond GERM 402.

Elective courses

A minimum of 15 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. 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.

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.

 

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.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Meyertholen, Andrea
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 1015 - LAWRENCE
3 18942
LEC Linden, Ari
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 1015 - LAWRENCE
3 20400
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.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

Elective courses

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

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.

 

 

Contact Us

Lorie A. Vanchena, Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Advisor
vanchena@ku.edu
(785)864-9172
Wescoe Hall, Room 2078


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