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German (GER)

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THOMAS BEEBEE, Head of Department
457 Burrowes Building
814-865-5481

 

Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., M.A.
Dual-Title Ph.D. Degree in German and Language Science
Dual-Title Ph.D. Degree in German and Visual Studies

 

The Graduate Faculty

 Programs of study with major emphasis upon literature, culture, linguistics, or applied linguistics lead to advanced degrees.

 

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission.

Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required. An exception may be allowed for foreign applicants who have never attended university in the United States. To request an exception, applicants must contact the program head. 

Minimum qualifications for admission include 30 undergraduate credits in German beyond the intermediate level. Provision is made, however, for provisional admission with limited deficiencies. Students with a 3.00 junior/senior average (on a 4.00 scale) and with appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

 

Master's Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the Degree Requirements section of the Graduate Bulletin.

The M.A. in German is designed to offer students a general foundation in German culture, language, linguistics, and literature. After completing a small set of core requirements, students may pursue their individual interests from among the courses offered by faculty who specialize in German Applied Linguistics, Culture, Linguistics, and Literature. The M.A. degree requires a minimum of 36 credits, with at least 18 at the 500 level, and is designed as a terminal degree.

The following courses are required for the M.A. degree:

  • German 510: Introduction to Literary Criticism and Its Application (3 cr.)
  • German 511: The Teaching of College German (3 cr.)
  • German 513, 514 or 515: German Phonetics and Phonology, German Syntax, or Introduction to German Applied Linguistics (3 cr.)

Practical experience in supervised teaching is required for all graduate degrees. Students who wish to earn a Master's Degree must enroll in GER 596 and write a scholarly research paper of between thirty and fifty pages on a topic defined in conjunction with a faculty adviser. The research paper should demonstrate mastery of primary and secondary literature, interpretative skills, and academic prose in both German and English. A one-hour oral defense of the paper shall be scheduled two weeks after its formal submission to the adviser. A committee consisting of faculty adviser and two other members of the German program selected by the M.A. candidate shall evaluate the student's knowledge of the subject matter.

 

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the Degree Requirements section of the Graduate Bulletin.

For the Ph.D., a student must complete at least 54 credits (these can include M.A. credits) of graduate-level work. GER 510 (3 cr.), 511 (3 cr.), and either 513, 514 or 515 (3 cr.) are required of all students. Other requirements include: (1) demonstrated reading knowledge of one foreign language in addition to German and English, (2) successful passing of the comprehensive examination with written and oral components, and (3) completed doctoral dissertation and passing a final oral examination (the dissertation defense). The dissertation must be accepted by the doctoral committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School.

Dual-Title Ph.D. Degree in German and Language Science

Graduate students with research and educational interests in German and Language Science may apply to the dual-title Ph.D. in German and Language Science. The goal of the dual-title degree in German and Language Science is to enable graduate students from German to acquire the knowledge and skills of their major area of specialization in German, while at the same time gaining the perspective and methods of the Language Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and be admitted to the graduate program in German and The Graduate School before they can apply for admission to the dual-title degree program. After admission to their primary program, students must apply for admission and meet the admissions requirements of the Language Science dual-title program. Refer to the Admission Requirements of the Language Science Bulletin page. Doctoral Students must be admitted into the dual-title degree program in Language Science prior to obtaining candidacy in their primary graduate program.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the dual-title degree, students must satisfy the Ph.D. degree requirements in German, listed above. In addition, students must complete the degree requirements for the dual-title in Language Science, listed on the Language Science Bulletin page.

Some courses may satisfy both German and Language Science degree requirements. Final course selection must be approved by the student's doctoral committee. Students who hold a master’s degree from another institution may petition to have equivalent course credits accepted.

The candidacy examination committee for the dual-title Ph.D. degree will be composed of Graduate Faculty from German and must include at least one Graduate Faculty member from the Language Science program. Faculty members who hold appointments in both programs’ Graduate Faculty may serve in a combined role. There will be a single candidacy examination, containing elements of both German and Language Science. Dual-title graduate degree students may require an additional semester to fulfill requirements for both areas of study and, therefore, the candidacy examination may be delayed one semester beyond the normal period allowable.

In addition to the general Graduate Council requirements for doctoral committees, the doctoral committee of a German and Language Science dual-title Ph.D. student must include at least one member of the Language Science Graduate Faculty. Faculty members who hold appointments in both programs’ Graduate Faculty may serve in a combined role. If the chair of the doctoral committee is not also a member of the Graduate Faculty in Language Science, the member of the committee representing Language Science must be appointed as co-chair. The Language Science representative on the student’s doctoral committee will develop questions for and participate in the evaluation of the comprehensive examination.

Students in the dual-title program are required to write and orally defend a dissertation on a topic that is approved in advance by their doctoral committee and reflects their original research and education in German and Language Science. Upon completion of the doctoral dissertation, the candidate must pass a final oral examination (the dissertation defense) to earn the Ph.D. degree. The dissertation must be accepted by the doctoral committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School

Dual-Title Ph.D. in German and Visual Studies

Graduate students with interests in German culture and the history of visual media may apply to the dual-title Ph. D. in German and Visual Studies.  The goal of the dual-title Ph.D. in German and Visual Studies is to enable graduate students from German to acquire the knowledge and skills of their major area of specialization in German, while at the same time gaining the theories and methods of Visual Studies. 

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and be admitted to the graduate program in German and The Graduate School before they can apply for admission to the dual-title degree program. After admission to their primary program, students must apply for admission to and meet the admissions requirements of the Visual Studies dual-title program. Refer to the Admission Requirements section of the Visual Studies Bulletin page. Students must receive approval from the Director of Graduate Studies in German, and must submit a recommendation from a member of the German Graduate Faculty who is also a member of the Visual Studies Graduate Faculty. Doctoral students must be admitted into the dual-title degree program in Visual Studies prior to obtaining candidacy in German

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the dual-title degree, students must satisfy the degree requirements for the Ph.D. degree in German, listed above. In addition, students must complete the degree requirements for the dual-title in Visual Studies, listed on the Visual Studies Bulletin page.

The candidacy examination committee for the dual-title Ph.D. degree will be composed of Graduate Faculty from German and must include at least one Graduate Faculty member from the Visual Studies program. Faculty members who hold appointments in both programs’ Graduate Faculty may serve in a combined role. There will be a single candidacy examination, containing elements of both German and Visual Studies. Dual-title graduate degree students may require an additional semester to fulfill requirements for both areas of study and, therefore, the candidacy examination may be delayed one semester beyond the normal period allowable.

In addition to the general Graduate Council requirements for doctoral committees, the doctoral committee of a German and Visual Studies dual-title Ph.D. student must include at least one member of the Visual Studies Graduate Faculty. Faculty members who hold appointments in both programs’ Graduate Faculty may serve in a combined role. If the chair of the doctoral committee is not also a member of the Graduate Faculty in Visual Studies, the member of the committee representing Visual Studies must be appointed as co-chair. The Visual Studies representative on the student’s doctoral committee will develop questions for and participate in the evaluation of the comprehensive examination.

Students in the dual-title program are required to write and orally defend a dissertation on a topic that is approved in advance by their doctoral committee and reflects their original research and education in German and Visual Studies. Upon completion of the doctoral dissertation, the candidate must pass a final oral examination (the dissertation defense) to earn the Ph.D. degree. The dissertation must be accepted by the doctoral committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin. In addition, the following awards typically have been available to graduate students in this program.

EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS AT CHRISTIAN ALBRECHTS UNIVERSITÄT, KIEL, AND THE PHILLIPS UNIVERSITÄT, MARBURG--Available to graduate students in German and other fields for a full academic year. Students must have a good command of German.

WALTER EDWIN THOMPSON AND DR. REGINA BLOCK THOMPSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND--Thompson Fellowships are available each year for graduate students in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Literatures and Languages. These fellowships can be awarded in addition to other grants or stipends.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

GERMAN (GER) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-01-000

Review Date: 8/22/2017

Faculty linked: 6/9/14; Dept head updated: 4/13/16

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