Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Undergraduate Programs
German

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in German

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in German.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the German major is met by completing German 420, 435, 445  or 455.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (3) below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    The completion of requirement 3. a. (7) referenced below satisfies one of the cognates required by the College.  The second cognate must be in a field outside the College.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following German courses (34 to 40 credits):  
      (1) Two of the following courses (6 credits):  
        GRM 301 Third-Year German I 3
        GRM 302 Third-Year German II 3
        GRM 311 Business German I 3
      (2) Six additional credits at the 300-level, including at least one of the following courses (6 credits):  
        GRM 341 German Literature and Culture Before 1918 3
        GRM 342 German Literature and Culture Since 1918 3
      (3) Twelve credits at the 400-level selected from the following courses (12 credits):  
        GRM 420 Advanced German (W) 3
        GRM 435 18th and 19th German Literary Studies (W) 3
        GRM 445 20th Century and Contemporary German Literary Studies (W) 3
        GRM 455 Major Themes in German Cultural History (W) 3
        GRM 460 Linguistic Analysis of Modern German 3
        GRM 491 Special Topics in German Studies 1 to 4
      (4) The following capstone course (1 credit):  
        GRM 492 Capstone Project 1
      (5) German electives:  Additional credits in German courses numbered 250 and above, with the exception of German 400, as needed to meet the requirement of at least 34, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major. A maximum of 3 credits of German 250 or Linguistics and Languages 250A may be counted as elective credits toward the major.  
      (6) Study Abroad requirement: Students with a primary major in German are expected to participate in a study abroad experience approved by the German program. MSU study abroad programs are available at various sites in Germany and Austria throughout the year. Completion of German 202, or the equivalent, is a requirement for participation. Under special circumstances, equivalent experiences may be approved by the department.  
      (7) Cognate Requirement:  One 12–credit cognate in the field of European Studies. 12