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German Studies B.A.

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 27 to 48
  • Study abroad will be strongly encouraged, to be determined by student interest and focus, throughout the German-speaking world. Our program will work to facilitate the achievement of University of Minnesota system-wide goals, which call for 50 percent of students to participate in a study abroad experience.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This program introduces and explores the culture of German-speaking countries, with an emphasis on both cultural history and contemporary issues. The political and social backgrounds of these cultures are seen through literature, the arts, history, and media. As global commerce and communication become the norm, German Studies provides a solid basis for careers from business to law, human services to diplomacy, STEM fields to the arts. Taught in German this program also offers a solid foundation in the language and the development of intercultural competencies. German majors are encouraged to declare a second major in a complementary field. Honors requirements: Departmental honors will be granted to students according to the following process: Students who achieve a 3.30 GPA in upper division language courses at UMD will be invited by program faculty to submit a portfolio of excellent work done in the language for consideration by faculty in the program. The faculty then will decide if honors are to be awarded based on that portfolio.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major). 2. Three elective courses (12 credits) applicable to the major must be taken through UMD. 3. Study abroad is encouraged for all students and the department makes every effort to facilitate such experiences. 4. Oral proficiency exam. Note: Students pursuing both the German studies BA and the teaching German BAA must satisfactorily complete 12 non-overlapping upper division credits of German electives over and above the requirements for the BAA to receive both degrees.
Core (0-20 cr)
Students may be exempted from part of the core requirements if they have previously completed studies in German. As a rule, students with 3 years of high school German enter the sequence at the intermediate German level and are exempt from GER 1101-1102. Students may potentially receive credit for GER 1201-1202 after a successful test-out procedure.
GER 1101 - Beginning German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1102 - Beginning German II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 2301 - Advanced German [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Electives (23-24 cr)
Most GER 3xxx level or above courses apply here. To enroll in these courses a student must have earned a grade of C or better in 2301, or have instructor's permission. With adviser consent, some upper-division German courses may be transferred and/or taken abroad, but at least three courses (12 credits) must be taken through UMD.
Take 23 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FST 3040 - GER 3040, Culture of Germany (4.0 cr)
· GER 3302 - Advanced Composition and Conversation [COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3401 - Texts and Contexts in German Speaking World [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3403 - Page and Stage: German Theater and Performance [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 3601 - German Studies I: Knights to Nationalisms [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3602 - German Studies II: From the Rise of the Reich to the Fall of the Wall [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4305 - German Cinema [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4502 - German Modernisms: From Vienna to Berlin [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· Optional Elective
One of the following courses (taught in English) applies to the '23-24 elective credits'. With prior approval from an advisor, selected courses may be taken in another department or program if related to the major.
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3370 - European Art, 1900-1945 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century (4.0 cr)
· LANG 2050 - The Digital Humanities: Language as Interface [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
GER 1101 - Beginning German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Communicative course for students with little or no previous study of German. Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Development of intercultural competency. Taught primarily in German. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
GER 1102 - Beginning German II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Communicative course for students with limited previous study of German. Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Development of intervultural competency. Taught primarily in German. prereq: 1-2 years high school german or 1101 or instructor consent
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in four modalities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), set within contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Further development of intercultural competency. Taught in German. prereq: 3-4 years high school german or 1102 or instructor consent
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in four modalities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), set within contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Further development of intercultural competency. Taught in German. prereq: 4 years high school german or 1201 or instructor consent
GER 2301 - Advanced German (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of German literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in German. prereq: 5 years high school german or 1202 or instructor consent
FST 3040 - GER 3040, Culture of Germany
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02246 - FST 3040/GER 3040
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Taught on site in Germany. Study of German culture, both contemporary and past as it informs the present, on site in Germany. Conducted entirely in German, and all language skills will be inculcated and improved. Format will include seminar, discussions, field trips, and small group projects. prereq: GER 1202 or equivalent, admitted to an approved study abroad program, required consent from the International Education Office.
GER 3302 - Advanced Composition and Conversation (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Refines students' skills in oral and written expression within cultural context. Further emphasis on formal oral and aural communication skills: vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; advanced grammar. prereq: 2301
GER 3401 - Texts and Contexts in German Speaking World (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Techniques and tools for understanding and writing about German poetry, fiction, and drama both as literary texts and as cultural testimony. Emphasis on class discussion and writing. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 or instructor consent
GER 3403 - Page and Stage: German Theater and Performance (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic theories of drama and performance, survey of major German dramatists and current stage practices in Germany. Emphasis on class discussion and interpretive reading in German, with critical essays in German. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 3591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: instructor consent
GER 3601 - German Studies I: Knights to Nationalisms (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduces students to Germanic history, culture and literature from third century until 1848. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or instructor consent
GER 3602 - German Studies II: From the Rise of the Reich to the Fall of the Wall (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduces students to the methods of German Studies, as well as to Germanic history, culture, and literature from the mid-19th to the 21st century. Topics may include: Germany as a nation state; National Socialist rise to power; the Weimar Republic; body culture; exile(s) and exile literature; the city as metropolis; women’s movements and women‘s rights; mass culture; the industrial revolution; education and education reforms; (N)Ostalgia, Wendeliteratur; terrorism; the establishment and influence of green party politics. Taught in German. Pre-req: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent.
GER 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Various topics in the language history and structure, literature, and culture of the German-speaking countries. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of German written and visual texts and exploration of women's oppression within repressive political systems as well as Western democracies; women's exploration of their selves; and the question of whether there is a "female writing". Conducted in German. prereq: 2301 or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4305 - German Cinema (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the history of German cinema and to film analysis with a focus on the relationship among German film, history, literature, culture, and politics. The course will examine representative works from various cinematic periods. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Civilization, culture, and politics of Germany and German-speaking countries since 1945. Research term paper in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4502 - German Modernisms: From Vienna to Berlin (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Focuses on the literature and culture of the two major centers in German modernisms: fin de sicle Vienna and Weimar Berlin. Both cities were the site of intellectual and aesthetic upheavals that challenged traditional notions of the subject, representation, class, gender, and technology. Examines major thinkers, writers, artists, and movements in German speaking areas between 1890 and 1933. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent, no grad credit
GER 4591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: instructor consent
ARTH 3370 - European Art, 1900-1945
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Includes Cubism, Futurism, Dada, de Stijl, German Expressionism, New Objectivity, Surrealism, art of Bauhaus, and art of National Socialists, examined in social and historical contexts.
HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Causes, conduct, and consequences of World Wars I and II from European perspective. Offered during day school and in Individualized Learning Program.
LANG 2050 - The Digital Humanities: Language as Interface (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course explores the use of digital technology in Humanities. To do so, we examine the impact digital technology has on the study of human culture in the language-centered disciplines. These disciplines, because they are often comparative, embrace the difficulties that come with translation and other forms of communication over distance. This course explores the status of language as interface in the increasingly complex media landscape still emerging today. By focusing on language as interface and by focusing on the intersection of Comparative Literacy Studies and the Digital Humanities, this course provides students with the skills they will need to best make use of digital technology as an instrument of the study of human culture. Taught in English.
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Provides an introduction to a theoretical study of the nature of natural language, using examples primarily from present-day English. Students are expected to learn analytical skills to understand how human languages (and the human mind) work and how the sub-components (sounds, words, sentences and meaning) of natural languages are systematically organized.
POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Comparative analysis of development and operation of political-governmental institutions and processes in selected Western European countries: political and ideological patterns and trends; problems of democratic politics; policy issues in advanced industrial societies; and the future of the "welfare state." prereq: 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent