The general goal of graduate work in German is to provide students with a critical understanding of German culture, its language and literature and its relationship to western civilization as a whole. Specific courses are designed to acquaint students with the aims and methods of research in the fields of language pedagogy, literary and cultural history, literary theory, and historical linguistics. Students working as teaching assistants under faculty supervision have ample opportunity to develop effective teaching skills in a controlled setting.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a graduate program leading to the M.A. (Plan A or B) degree in German. Competence in another foreign language, normally French, in addition to German is required for graduate degrees.
Admission requirements include an acceptable undergraduate major in German, a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and three letters of recommendation. Applicants lacking more comprehensive knowledge of German language and literature may be admitted with the understanding that their program must include some advanced undergraduate work in addition to those courses normally required for the M.A.
Individual programs of study are planned with consideration of the student's competencies and interests. The Department endeavors to be flexible and to accommodate career goals in teaching, government service, or research.
Areas of specialization of the graduate faculty of the department afford flexible coverage in breadth and depth, with particular strength in early modern studies, the Age of Goethe, Wilhelmine and Weimar culture, contemporary literature and culture, literary theory, intellectual history, gender studies, and foreign language pedagogy. The Department serves as the editorial center for the international journal, Colloquia Germanica. The University Library has substantial holdings in all areas of German language, linguistics and literature and in supporting fields.
GER 415G MAJOR GERMAN AUTHORS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GER 416G GENRES OF GERMAN LITERATURE (3)
GER 420G SPECIAL STUDIES IN GERMAN LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GER 507 ADVANCED GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION (3)
GER 520 SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR (3)
GER 532 HISTORY OF THE GERMAN LANGUAGE (3)
GER 553 THE TEACHING OF GERMAN (3)
GER 612 STUDIES IN LITERARY THEORY (3)
GER 615 STUDIES IN MAJOR AUTHORS (3)
GER 616 STUDIES IN GENRE (3)
GER 620 STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE AGES (3)
GER 624 STUDIES IN THE EARLY MODERN ERA (3)
GER 625 STUDIES IN THE 18TH CENTURY (3)
GER 629 STUDIES IN THE 19TH CENTURY (3)
GER 630 STUDIES IN THE 20TH CENTURY (3)
GER 650 MULTIDISCIPLINARY GERMAN STUDIES SEMINAR (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
GER 653 RESEARCH AND ISSUES IN TEACHING GERMAN (1)
GER 721 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERMAN LITERARY AND CULTURAL HISTORY (3)
GER 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
GER 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
GER 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
GER 781 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN GERMAN (3)