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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German - Major

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The purpose of the major program is to educate students to think and perceive rationally and critically. The student majoring in German learns about the world of ideas and cultural values through significant texts and how these intersect with the great issues in the world, past and present. This education includes reading and thinking; learning about literary and cultural movements; and making connections between the primarily aesthetic literary artifacts of the related cultures and their political, social, and economic histories. Students learn to interact through rational discourse and presentations, both written and oral.

Students are trained, first, to interact effectively in the German-speaking cultures through language. At all language course levels, students make use of the Emerson Foreign Language Laboratory to allow them to perfect their language skills. Students engage with literature, documents, and artifacts housed in the German Culture Center, as well as with the holdings of the library of the College. All students learn to value and evaluate information available in electronic form. Each student majoring in German studies abroad in the Berlin residential program for a minimum of one semester, in either the sophomore or junior year.

The program prepares students to think philosophically and practically by creating their own linkages between the German major and another major or minor. Students majoring in German may choose a second major in another academic discipline, or one or more minors, to complement their undergraduate education. German may also be combined with a program in education: inclusive or adolescence education.

German Core

German majors are required to take a minimum of ten Upper Division Courses.  (Note: Some of these courses may be taken abroad).

  • Two Upper Division Language Courses (200 level) credits: 6
  • Two Upper Division Culture Courses (200 level): credits: 6
  • Six Upper Division German Courses (300 - 400 levels) credits: 18

 These include:


Berlin Residential Program

The major core includes courses taken at the Berlin Residential Program:

  • German Language/Culture (200 or 300 Level) Credits: 3
  • Theatre, Film and Cabaret in Berlin Credits: 3

German Study Abroad Program

Students majoring in German regularly study for a fall semester (sophomore or junior year) at Studienforum Berlin, the Berlin Residential Program sponsored by Nazareth College.  Additionally, students may supplement the study abroad requirement at a summer language institute for one or two months (i.e., Goethe Institut, etc.).  The Berlin residential program is also open to Nazareth and non-Nazareth students on a competitive basis.  Courses are taught in English, and students enroll in a German language course at their appropriate level of instruction.  Additionally, students complete a professional internship – in English or German - for 3 credits in the major, with a corporation, international or governmental association, law firm, museum, public school or other institution.  Three additional courses satisfying Perspectives I or II College requirements are offered.  Course credit in these is available in Economics, Political Science, Literature, Theater Arts, History, or Sociology.  Co-curricular activities are available to the students, such as course weekend trips out of town, field trips, theater visits and tours of government and cultural headquarters.

German Senior Experience

The Senior Experience for the German major culminates in specially directed advanced level work in two courses in German taken in the senior year. The first course will be in literature and culture (300 – 400 level), and the second will be GER 312 (Advanced Grammar and Stylistics).  Here students will further develop their scholarly and critical thinking in preparation for the German Comprehensive Exam. 

The German Comprehensive Exam (written and oral), provides students with the threefold opportunity:

  • To ascertain that seniors have adequately mastered the German language;
  • To help seniors synthesize the subject matter of the four-year learning experience;
  • To demonstrate a practical working knowledge of German literature and culture

Sample Program for the German Major

Students may begin at the GER Elementary (101), Intermediate (103) or Advanced (201) levels.  Below is a sample beginning at GER 103 level.

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 9
  • Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
As well as:

Sophomore Year

Minimum of One Semester Abroad Taken in the Fall

  • Perspectives I Credits: 6
  • Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Math or Science Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Upper Division German Credits: 15
  • Elective Credits: 3
    (3 credits BER course also counts as a PI)

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Perspectives II Credits: 6
  • Upper Division German Credits: 6
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 9
  • Electives Credits: 9

Senior Year

  • Upper Division German Credits: 12
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 15

As well as:

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