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German Studies Program Information

The objectives of the major in German are: to develop facility in the use of German; to provide an integrated knowledge of major German writers in various disciplines; and to gain insight into all aspects of German culture.

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German Major — A plan for the major in German is developed in consultation with and must be approved by Karl-Georg Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu), the department advisors. Appointments are scheduled online at www.lsa.umich.edu/german/undergrad/advising

German Department faculty are also available to students during regularly scheduled office hours which are posted on the bulletin board outside 3110 Modern Languages Building.

German Minors — Students wishing to pursue a minor in German Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with  Kalli Federhofer or Andrew Mill, the department advisors. Appointments are scheduled online at www.lsa.umich.edu/german/undergrad/advising

Scandinavian Minor  — Students wishing to pursue a minor in Scandinavian Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with Johanna Eriksson, johannae@umich.edu

Information about graduate opportunities and careers

Information about graduate opportunities and careers specifically available to students majoring or minoring in German may be obtained from the Department office.

German Major

changes effective Winter 2014

May be elected as a departmental major

The objectives of the major in German are:

  1. to develop facility in the use of German;
  2. to provide an integrated knowledge of major German writers in various disciplines; and
  3. to gain insight into all aspects of German culture.

The major in German provides valuable background for work in all areas of today's global economy, and in the traditional areas of application of language study, such as international relations, teaching, translating, and the tourism industry. Consequently, dual majors in German and another subject (History, Political Science, etc.) are strongly encouraged.

Prerequisites to the Major

GERMAN 232, or the equivalent. 

Prerequisite to Declaration

Students can declare a major at any stage during their undergraduate years. 

Requirements for the Major

30 credits beyond GERMAN 232 must include GERMAN 325 or 326, three 300-level courses; GERMAN 425 or 426, three 400-level courses; and at least two additional GERMAN courses numbered GERMAN 300 or higher.

A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence at Michigan or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. 

For further information, contact Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

Honors Plan

In meeting the requirements stated above, students admitted to the Honors major must include GERMAN 491 and 492 (Honors proseminar and thesis). Completion of preliminary work is a prerequisite to acceptance in the Honors major in German. Admission is granted to qualified students at the end of the junior year. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher in German and an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. 

For further information, consult Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

Teaching Certificate

Effective Fall 2012

To secure departmental recommendation for a teaching major, students have to complete a minimum of 34 credits. For a list of the requirements, students should go to: www.soe.umich.edu/files/secondary_german_major_current.pdf. We strongly recommend that students enroll in GERMAN 531 (Fall). To meet the requirements for a teaching minor in German, students should complete GERMAN 325 or 326, any two courses selected from among GERMAN 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and eight additional credits of senior work (GERMAN 425, 426 and 531 are particularly recommended). 

All teaching certificate candidates should consult Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

 

German Major (Fall 2012-Fall 2013) +

changes effective Fall 2012-Fall 2013

May be elected as a departmental major

 The objectives of the major in German are:

  1. to develop facility in the use of German;
  2. to provide an integrated knowledge of major German writers in various disciplines; and
  3. to gain insight into all aspects of German culture.

The major in German provides valuable background for work in all areas of today's global economy, and in the traditional areas of application of language study, such as international relations, teaching, translating, and the tourism industry. Consequently, dual majors in German and another subject (History, Political Science, etc.) are strongly encouraged.

Prerequisites to the Major

GERMAN 232, or the equivalent. 

Prerequisite to Declaration

Students can declare a major at any stage during their undergraduate years. 

Requirements for the Major

Required are 30 credits beyond GERMAN 232 are required. Coursed must include GERMAN 325 or 326, three 300-level courses; German 425 or 426, three 400-level courses; and at least two additional GERMAN courses numbered GERMAN 300 or higher, which may include courses taught in English. 

A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence at Michigan or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. 

For further information, contact Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

Honors Plan

In meeting the requirements stated above, students admitted to the Honors major must include GERMAN 491 and 492 (Honors proseminar and thesis). Completion of preliminary work is a prerequisite to acceptance in the Honors major in German. Admission is granted to qualified students at the end of the junior year. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher in German and an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher. 

For further information, consult Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

Teaching Certificate

Effective Fall 2012

To secure departmental recommendation for a teaching major, students have to complete a minimum of 34 credits. For a list of the requirements, students should go to: www.soe.umich.edu/files/secondary_german_major_current.pdf. We strongly recommend that students enroll in GERMAN 531 (Fall). To meet the requirements for a teaching minor in German, students should complete GERMAN 325 or 326, any two courses selected from among GERMAN 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and eight additional credits of senior work (GERMAN 425, 426 and 531 are particularly recommended). 

All teaching certificate candidates should consult Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

 

German concentration (Spring 2002-Summer 2012) +

German

effective Spring 2002-Fall 2012 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

The objectives of the concentration program in German are:

  1. to develop facility in the use of German;
  2. to provide an integrated knowledge of major German writers in various disciplines; and
  3. to gain insight into all aspects of German culture.

Concentration in German provides valuable background for work in all areas of today's global economy, and in the traditional areas of application of language study, such as international relations, teaching, translating, and the tourism industry. Consequently, dual concentrations in German and another subject (History, Political Science, etc.) are strongly encouraged.

Information about graduate opportunities and careers specifically available to students concentrating in German may be obtained from the Department office.

 

Prerequisites to Concentration. GERMAN 232, or the equivalent. Students can declare a concentration at any stage during their undergraduate years. 

Concentration Program. Required are 30 credits in GERMAN beyond GERMAN 232. Courses in GERMAN must include GERMAN 325 or 326; three 300-level courses, at least two of which must be taught in German; GERMAN 425 or 426 or the equivalent; three additional 400-level GERMAN courses, at least two of which must be taught in German; and at least two additional GERMAN courses numbered 300 or higher, which may include courses taught in English. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence at Michigan or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. For further information, contact Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

Honors Concentration. In meeting the requirements stated above, students admitted to the Honors concentration must include GERMAN 491 and 492 (Honors proseminar and thesis). Completion of preliminary work with distinction is a prerequisite to acceptance in the Honors concentration in German. Admission is granted to qualified students at the end of the junior year. For further information, consult Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

Teaching Certificate. To secure departmental recommendation for a teaching major, students should elect at least three additional credits of senior or advanced work (GERMAN 531 or equivalent work in the School of Education) beyond the required concentration courses. To meet the requirements for a teaching minor in German, students should complete GERMAN 325 or 326, any two courses selected from among GERMAN 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and eight additional credits of senior work (GERMAN 425, 426 and 531 are particularly recommended). All teaching certificate candidates should consult Karl-Georg Federhofer  (kallimz@umich.edu) or Andrew Mills (ajmills@umich.edu).

German concentration (prior to Spring Term 2002) +

May be elected as a departmental concentration program (effective through Winter 2002) 

Prerequisites to Concentration. German 101, 102, 231, 232, or the equivalent.

Concentration Program. Required are (1) 30 credits in German beyond German 232, and (2) six credits in cognate areas. Courses in German must include 325 or 326; two 300-level courses selected from 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and RC 321; 425 or 426 or the equivalent; two 400-level German courses selected from 414, 430, 450-459, and 499; and at least four additional advanced German courses. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. The cognate requirement may be met by selecting advanced courses from related disciplines such as English, ancient or modern languages and literatures, linguistics, history, history of art, music, philosophy, or political science. Equivalent courses taken elsewhere may be taken in lieu of these, as allowed by the College and with the permission of the concentration advisor.

Honors Concentration. In meeting the requirements stated above (30 credits in German, six credits in cognates), students admitted to the Honors concentration must include German 491 and 492 (Honors proseminar and thesis). Completion of preliminary work with distinction is a prerequisite to acceptance in the Honors concentration in German. Admission is granted to qualified students as of the second term of the sophomore year. For further information, consult Professor Rast at 764-8018.

Teaching Certificate. To secure departmental recommendation for a teaching major, students should elect at least three additional credits of senior or advanced work (usually either German 425 or 426) beyond the required concentration courses. To meet the requirements for a teaching minor in German, students should complete German 325 or 326, any two courses selected from among German 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and eight additional credits of senior work (German 425, 426 and 531 are particularly recommended). All teaching certificate candidates should consult Professor Robert Kyes and Professor Hartmut Rastalsky whose hours are posted on the department bulletin board.

Internships. Germanic Languages offers its students help in finding internships in German-speaking countries. We attempt to find jobs that match students' abilities, interests, and career choices, ranging from auto companies to biotech firms to law offices and an art auction house Most internships are three-month, paid summer positions.
We also work with the International Coop-erative Education Program (ICEP), which has an excellent track record placing stu-dents.

Study Abroad. The Department and the Office of International Programs offer two study abroad programs for students of German, the Academic Year in Freiburg, Germany, and the Summer Program in Graz, Austria. The Office for International Programs also offers a six-week Summer Pro-gram in Graz, Austria. Students can take intermediate-level German and learn about Austrian culture and history while earning in-residence credit for their coursework. The program offers only fourth and fifth semester German to students with at least sopho-more standing and a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Exchanges. Two Michigan students and two Tᅢᄐbingen students trade places for an academic year and earn approximately 15 credits per term in this exchange program. Participants may enroll in the full range of courses with German students at the Univer-sity of Tᅢᄐbingen, and will be fully integrated into student life. Students begin the program in mid-September with two weeks of preparatory language classes and then enroll in regular university courses in mid-October. Students wishing a more intensive language program may enroll in a month-long orientation program (beginning the first of September) for a fee. An official at the Auslandsamt of the University serves as liaison officer for U of M students. In-residence credit is awarded for participation in this program.

Please note that the Tübingen program is intended for students who are already quite proficient in German, since it provides a minimum of American-style advising.

 


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