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University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

German

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (GERBS)

PROFESSOR RICHARD PAGE, Head

The B.S. degree in German is designed to allow students to combine fluency in the German language and culture with other academic disciplines. The German-Business option develops basic German business-communication skills as well as fundamental knowledge of German economics. The German-Engineering and Applied German options have a required overseas study and internship component.

Courses in German literature and culture are essential to all German B.S. options, and students in the German-Business option are encouraged to participate in the University's study abroad programs in Germany.

For the B.S. degree in German, a minimum of 123 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
(0-13 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(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 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 23-25 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 55-66 credits[1]
(This includes 0-13 credits of General Education courses: 0-6 credits of GS courses; 0-3 credits of GWS courses; 0-4 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 22 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 (7 credits)
GER 201 IL(4) or GER 208Y IL(4) (Sem: 1-4)
GER 431 IL(3) or GER 432 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 33-44 credits

APPLIED GERMAN OPTION: (33 credits)

This option is designed to provide German majors with a background in an area of study where knowledge of German is useful. In consultation with an advisor, majors in this option are required to either study abroad or do an internship that corresponds with their related area of study.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
GER 200 GH:IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
GER 399 IL(3), GER 499 IL(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 18 credits in related areas such as Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management; Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Sociology; Economics; Science, Technology and Society, or in another professional area where competency in German is desirable. The courses are to be selected in consultation with an adviser. At least six credits of such courses must be at the 400 level. (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in German at the 300 or 400 level. (Sem: 5-8)

Note: A work experience in a German-speaking country may be substituted for GER 399 or GER 499. The work experience may take the form of an internship (LA 495 or GER 495). If the number of work-experience credits for which a student registered is less than 6, the difference in the number of credits must be earned by taking additional courses in consultation with the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

GERMAN BUSINESS OPTION: (44 credits)
This option is designed to introduce German majors to the principles of business administration. The curriculum combines an exposure to managerial processes with foreign language competency in German.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (37 credits)
ACCTG 211(4), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), I B 303 IL(3), MGMT 100(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 333 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), FIN 100(3), GER 308Y IL(3), GER 408 IL(3), I B 403(3), MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (7 credits)
SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-8)
Select an additional 3 credits of German courses at the 400 level (Sem: 5-8)

GERMAN ENGINEERING OPTION: (33 credits)
(Open only to students enrolled in an engineering major.)
This option is designed to combine the study of German and Engineering in order to internationalize and enhance the study and practice of the engineering profession.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
GER 308Y IL(3), GER 408 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
GER 399 IL(3), GER 499 IL(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 21 credits of engineering courses in consultation with the engineering adviser (Sem: 3-10)

Note: The German Engineering Option is open only to Engineering majors. A work experience in a German-speaking country may be substituted for GER 399 or GER 499. The work experience may take the form of an internship (ENGR 195I) or part of a cooperative education sequence (ENGR 295I, ENGR 395I, or ENGR 495I). If the number of work-experience credits for which a student registered is less than 6, the difference in the number of credits must be earned by taking additional courses in consultation with the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree Program B.S. in German and Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.)

The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) degree program (B.S. in German/M.I.A. in International Affairs) provides an opportunity for strong students in these majors to complete a master’s degree with 5 total years of study.

An increasingly globalized economy is likely to escalate the demand for graduate training in international affairs. The career choices for graduates with this training will also expand sharply. The integrated degree program prepares students for a variety of careers requiring an interdisciplinary background in German and international affairs. Examples of types of entities hiring in these areas are federal, state, and local governments, international organizations, multinational corporations, international banking and financial institutions, media organizations and journalism, consulting firms, policy research centers, and development assistance programs and foundations. The School of International Affairs (SIA) Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) represents a professional degree designed to prepare students to thrive in these increasingly global career paths.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

The number of openings in the integrated B.S./M.I.A. program is limited. Admission will be selective based on specific criteria set by the School of International Affairs. Students shall be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree, as specified in the proposed IUG plan of study. Students must be admitted to the program prior to taking the first course they intend to count towards the graduate degree. Specific requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled in the German B.S. program. 
  2. Must apply to and be accepted into The Graduate School and the M.I.A. program in the School of International Affairs. Students must complete the Graduate School application. All applicants will submit GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in international affairs and discussing their plans and goals.
  3. Although the program has no fixed minimum grade point average, an applicant is generally expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all coursework completed for the major.
  4. Must include a plan of study identifying undergraduate credits to be applied to the M.I.A. degree elective requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser.
  5. Must provide written endorsement from the head of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

 

M.I.A. Requirements for the Integrated B.A./M.I.A.

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

M.I.A. portion of the integrated B.S./M.I.A. will require the completion of a minimum of 42 graduate credits, at least 18 of which are from six core courses consisting of INTAF 801(3), 802(3), 803(3), 804(3), 805(3) and INTAF 590(3). The remaining credits are attained through completion of the approved elective courses. A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 500-level.

In addition to the core curriculum and elective courses, M.I.A. degree candidates must complete either: (i) a master's paper; or (ii) a supervised internship placement. If the first option is chosen and the candidate opts to complete a paper, he/she must complete 3 credits of INTAF 594. The master's paper will involve integrating and showing mastery of the subject matter of the student's curricular emphasis, and may also involve original research. If the second option is chosen, the candidate will complete 3 credits of INTAF 595. The student will participate in a supervised internship of sufficient depth and professionalism that will allow the student to experience the integration of his/her curricular studies in an actual professional environment. A reflective paper will be submitted as a part of this credit requirement.

In order to graduate, M.I.A. degree students also will need to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Proficiency will be defined as follows: (i) four semesters of a Penn State language sequence or its equivalent (15 credits with a quality grade of B or better using a 4.0 scale); (ii) native acquisition, as shown by the candidate's personal history and approved by the SIA faculty; or (iii) performance on a proficiency evaluation sufficient to equal four semesters of language learning: for this purpose, either Penn State's proficiency certification process or another pre-approved proficiency assessment may be used. Language study does not provide credits towards the M.I.A. degree.

If students accepted into the IUG program are unable to complete the M.I.A. degree, they are still eligible to receive their undergraduate degree if all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfied.

M.I.A. Degree

Core Courses (18)

INTAF801(3), INTAF802(3), INTAF803(3), INTAF804(3), INTAF805(3), INTAF590(3)

Electives (21)

Course choices are from a pre-approved list in the SIA, or by SIA faculty-approved substitution.

 

 

Capstone (3)

Master’s Paper (INTAF594) or Internship (INTAF595)

Total Degree Credits (42)

Integrated B.S./M.I.A. Degree

Core Courses (18)

INTAF801(3), INTAF802(3), INTAF803(3), INTAF804(3), INTAF805(3), INTAF590(3)

Electives (21)

A maximum of 12 credits may be double counted toward the B.A. and the M.I.A. The list of courses that can double count includes GER 408, GER 431, GER 432, GER 489, GER 494, GER 540, GER 581, and GER 592.

Capstone (3)

Master’s Paper (INTAF594) or Internship (INTAF595)

Total Degree Credits (42)

The list of courses that can double count includes GER 408, GER 431, GER 432, GER 489, GER 494, GER 540, GER 581, and GER 592. No more than 6 of the double-counted credits may be at the 400-level. The graduate thesis or other graduate culminating/capstone experience (including any associated credits and/or deliverables) may not be double counted towards any other degree.

Tuition Charges, Grant-in-Aid, and Assistantships

Students admitted to the School of International Affairs through the IUG with a B.S. in German may be considered to receive financial assistance. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.

 

[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 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06-045

Review Date: 04/5/2016