May 22, 2018
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 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
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
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
The German Comprehensive Exam (written and oral), provides
students with the threefold opportunity:
ascertain that seniors have adequately mastered the German language;
help seniors synthesize the subject matter of the four-year learning
- To demonstrate a practical working knowledge of German
literature and culture
Sample Program for the German Major with Adolescence Education
Students may begin at the GER Elementary (101),
Intermediate (103) or Advanced (201) levels.
Below is a sample beginning at GER 103 level.
- Perspectives I Credits: 9
- Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
As well as:
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
(3 credit BER course also counts as a PI)
As well as:
- Perspectives II Credits: 6
- Upper Division German Credits: 6
- Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 9
As well as:
- Upper Division German Credits: 12
- Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
As well as: