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2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German Major with Adolescence Education

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The general purpose of the major program is to educate students to think and perceive rationally and critically.  The student majoring in German will learn 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 will include 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 will 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.  At all course levels of language, literature and culture students engage with literature, documents and artifacts housed in the German Culture Center, as well as the holdings of the library of the College.  All students will learn to value and evaluate information available in electronic form.  Each student majoring in German will study abroad in the Berlin Residential Program a minimum of one semester, either in the sophomore or junior year.

Taken together, 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 a minor/s 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 (Course taken in Berlin)

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.

Required Courses for Adolescence Education

The following courses are required for Adolescence Education for majors in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

In addition to these courses, each student takes a department course numbered DEPT 457, Curriculum Methodology: Middle School and Senior High  in their area of certification (These courses have a total of 100 hours of fieldwork required).

Additional Program Option: Teaching students with Disabilities at the Adolescence level

Additional Program Option: Teaching students with Disabilities at the Adolescence level (Grades 7 - 12) (Dual Certification)

Students also have the option of completing required coursework and field experiences that would lead to another certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Adolescence level. This dual certification option is designed to provide the knowledge base to support student learning in content areas at the adolescence level, as well as to specifically meet the needs of students with disabilities in secondary classrooms by means of differentiated instruction and collaborative teaching.

Students who elect to pursue this option must complete the following courses in addition to the required courses for Adolescence Education listed above:

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 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.

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: 9
  • Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Math or Science Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Upper Division German Credits: 15
As well as:

Senior Year

  • Upper Division German Credits: 12
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
As well as:

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