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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

German

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (GERBA)

PROFESSOR B. RICHARD PAGE, Head

For the B.A. degree in German, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 15-18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 37-40 credits[1]

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 19 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
GER 301 IL(3), GER 302W(3), GER 310 IL(3), GER 344 IL(3) (Sem: 3-6)
GER 401Y IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4 credits)
GER 201 IL(4) or GER 208Y IL(4) (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18-21 credits

GERMAN STUDIES OPTION: (21 credits)
The German Studies option is designed to acquaint the student with the development of the cultures and civilization in the German-speaking countries. The option's interdisciplinary approach provides a general background and specific language skills that can serve as a basis for careers in business, civil service, journalism, law, and graduate work in many areas.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
GER 200 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
GER 440 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
GER 431 IL(3) or GER 432 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select an additional 3 credits in German literature or culture at the 300 or 400 level (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits related to German Studies at the 400 level, in consultation with the adviser, from history, philosophy, political science, or art history (Sem: 5-8)

GERMAN LITERATURE OPTION: (18 credits)
The German Literature option will serve students interested in the literatures of the German-speaking countries and is recommended for fields such as art, comparative literature, history, philosophy, and the performing arts.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
GER 431 IL(3), GER 432 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select an additional 12 credits in German at the 300 or 400 level, including a minimum of 9 credits in German literature (Sem: 5-8)

TEACHING OPTION: (18 credits)
The Teaching option is designed to prepare students for the teaching of German in secondary schools. The number of elective credits enables students to study an additional foreign language, thus enhancing their teaching opportunities.

Students planning to teach in public schools should schedule the appropriate courses leading to certification in consultation with an adviser in the College of Education. For the Pennsylvania teaching certificate, additional credits, including 15 credits of student teaching, are required.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
GER 200 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
GER 411(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
GER 412 IL(3) or GER 430 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
GER 431 IL(3) or GER 432 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 additional credits in German at the 300 or 400 level (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-05-120

Review Date: 02/22/2011

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