May 27, 2018  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Foreign Languages (German) (GERN)

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Adviser: Genevieve Peden, PhD.
349 Alexander

The goal of the master of arts in foreign language program is to bring candidates to a superior level of proficiency in the chosen foreign language as defined by the ILR/ACTFL scale, as well as to provide a broad knowledge of the geography and cultures of the regions where the target language is spoken, and to improve overall teaching effectiveness.

General objectives of the program include:

  1. Development of superior-level skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the chosen foreign language;
  2. Incorporation of current pedagogies into the candidates’ personal teaching styles; and
  3. Analysis of current cultural patterns, literary material and/or technical information.

Admission Requirements

  1. Candidates must hold undergraduate majors or minors in the language of their specialization, with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and a grade point average of 3.0 in courses in the target language.
  2. Candidates must complete an oral proficiency interview in the language of their specialization with a rating of “advanced.”
  3. Conditional admission may be granted to candidates with deficiencies in target language proficiency. Such candidates must successfully complete deficiency courses including, but not limited to, GERN443 German Syntax and Advanced Composition and GERN444 Advanced German Conversation. Graduate credit will not be granted for these courses.
  4. Applications will be reviewed by the faculty of the language area of specialization.

Program Requirements
Students in all programs must complete a cultural immersion experience of at least six week in a country where the target language is predominant. Students who believe they have already fulfilled this requirement may petition to have the requirement waived or reduced; if the petition is approved, the candidate may substitute up to six hours of restricted electives. Students may satisfy this requirement through the intensive immersion experience offered in their language program. Similar programs of study with corroborating documentation may be accepted upon approval of the faculty of the area of concentration. Students should select a study abroad program in consultation with a faculty adviser prior to enrollment in any such program.

Students must, in consultation with a faculty adviser, complete a culminating experience such as a master’s examination, a piece of databased research, a thesis or an external oral proficiency exam such as the Mittelstufen pruefung and Pruefung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International.

Course Requirements

The M.A. in foreign language-German requires 30 to 33 hours of course work to be distributed as follows:

Required Courses: 18 hours

Six additional hours in 500- or 600-level German or any of the following 400-level German courses:

See footnote below

  • GERN 466 - German for International Affairs (3 hrs)
  • GERN 477/478/479 - Special Topics (1/2/3 hrs)

Cognate Courses: 6 hours

Six hours in a related content area (not in the Department of World Languages), selected in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Culminating Experience: 0-3 hours

Program Total: 30-33 hours


A maximum of nine hours of undergraduate course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

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