Germanic Languages and Literatures Minors

Students wishing to pursue a minor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with department advisor.

German Languages and Literatures Advising

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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 Studies Program Information +

Germany has emerged as the strongest economy in Europe, and the State of Michigan has especially deep economic ties to Germany: Thus German is one of the most important languages for business and engineering. German is also centrally important for gaining a first-hand, fundamental knowledge of the aesthetic, philosophical, and scientific foundations of modern thought. By a wide margin, German is the most frequently required or recommended academic language.

At every level of our language program, we strive to appeal to the cognitive abilities and intellectual curiosity of our students. Our language courses focus systematically on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), while emphasizing context and meaning at all levels and in all spheres of the language acquisition process. It is fundamental to our program that all language courses encourage students to explore other world-views and learn to think critically about culture.

The goals for the first two years of language study include increasing the level of proficiency in beginning and intermediate language students and meeting the needs and interests of the majority of students so that they will find the language requirement stimulating and useful. We believe that language learning is and should be enjoyable and stimulating, and we hope that our courses live up to this. Our special topics courses (GERMAN 232) are meant to provide an introduction to the discourse and substance of various disciplines in German and thus become stepping stones to coursework outside of the German major proper. These special topics include courses on German politics and economics, history, music, art, anthropology, film, engineering, and mathematical and scientific German. Upon completion of the fourth-term course, students are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany. The German department and the Office of International Programs provide extensive assistance to students interested in doing this: students who go abroad each year come back excited about their experience and speak excellent German.

Intermediate and advanced courses are designed both to enhance language skills and to explore central issues in all areas of German Studies. These courses are open not just to majors and minors but also to all students who meet prerequisites regardless of major area.

Students who enter the University with a background in the German language are strongly urged to continue their study of the language without interruption during their first and second years.

Placement Test and Retroactive Credit

Students with high-school credit for German who intend to complete the A.B./B.S. language requirement in German must take a placement test administered by Germanic Languages. The placement test is advisory: students may attempt a higher course than their placement indicates without departmental permission, but must obtain departmental permission to take a lower-level course than their score indicates. LSA students who have attained fourth-term proficiency (GERMAN 232 or the equivalent) are considered to have satisfied the language requirement and may elect more advanced courses. LSA students whose first German course at the U of M is GERMAN 232 are normally eligible for four additional retroactive credits if they complete the course with a grade of "B" or better. Students whose first course is at or above the 300-level are normally eligible for 8 additional retroactive credits. For details, consult the Guidelines for Retroactive Credits on this website.

Questions regarding placement and the placement test should be directed to Professor Hartmut Rastalsky.

 

German Studies Minor

Effective Fall 2012

A minor in  German Studies is not open to students with a German major  

The minor in German Studies provides students with an opportunity to gain and demonstrate competence in the German language above and beyond the level specified by the College language requirement. It also provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of a specific topic within the overarching discipline of German studies.

Prerequisites to the Minor

GERMAN 231 or equivalent, as determined by the Departmental placement examination.

Requirements for the Minor

18 credits of courses at the level of GERMAN 232 or higher are required. The 18 credits must include either GERMAN 325 or 326, and at least four courses within the 18 credits must be taught in German. At least one of the courses must be numbered 400 or above.

German Studies Minor (Fall 2012-Fall 2013) +

Effective Fall 2012-Fall 2013

A minor in  German Studies is not open to students with a German major  or any other minor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

The minor in German Studies provides students with an opportunity to gain and demonstrate competence in the German language above and beyond the level specified by the College language requirement. It also provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of a specific topic within the overarching discipline of German studies.

Prerequisites to the Minor: GERMAN 231 or equivalent, as determined by the Departmental placement examination.

Academic Minor Program: 18 credits of courses at the level of GERMAN 232 or higher, but GERMAN 305, 306, 310 may not be counted towards the minor. The 18 credits must include either GERMAN 325 or 326, and at least four courses within the 18 credits must be taught in German. At least one of the courses must be numbered 400 or above.

German Studies Academic Minor (Fall 2011-Summer 2012) +

Effective Fall 2011-Summer 2012

An academic minor in the Department of German Languages is not open to students with a concentration or another academic minor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

The academic minor in German Studies provides students with an opportunity to gain and demonstrate competence in the German language above and beyond the level specified by the College language requirement. It also provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of a specific topic within the overarching discipline of German studies.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: GERMAN 231 or equivalent, as determined by the Departmental placement examination.

Academic Minor Program: 18 credits of courses at the level of GERMAN 232 or higher, but GERMAN 305, 306, 310 may not be counted towards the academic minor. The 18 credits must include either GERMAN 325 or 326, and at least four courses within the 18 credits must be taught in German. At least one of the courses must be numbered 400 or above.

German Studies academic minor (Oct. 5, 1999-Summer 2011) +

Effective Oct. 5, 1999-Summer 2011 

An academic minor in the Department of German Languages is not open to students with a concentration or another academic minor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

The academic minor in German Studies provides students with an opportunity to gain and demonstrate competence in the German language above and beyond the level specified by the College language requirement. It also provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of a specific topic within the overarching discipline of German studies.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: GERMAN 231 or equivalent, as determined by the Departmental placement examination.

Academic Minor Program: 18 credits of courses at the level of GERMAN 232 or higher, but GERMAN 305, 306, 405, and 406 may not be counted towards the Academic Minor. The 18 credits must include either GERMAN 325 or 326, and at least four courses within the 18 credits must be taught in German. At least one of the courses must be numbered 400 or above.


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