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Modern Languages - German

Spring 2017 - German Courses Descriptions

German is spoken in several countries: The Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Northern Italy (South Tyrol), Namibia, and in ethnic enclaves throughout Eastern Europe. More Europeans are native speakers of German (about 93 million) than of English, French, Italian (about 60 million each) or Spanish (36 million). In Western Europe, it is second only to English as the language of diplomacy, business, and tourism, and is the most important language in the East. Germany ranks in the top three in the world in GNP, publishing, and exports. The German speaking world has made many contributions to culture in the fields of literature, philosophy, the arts, science and medicine. Study of the German language opens access to these achievements.

Graduates of our program have gone on to varied careers in international business, international law, government service, medicine, law, education, journalism, agribusiness, computer language development, and the sciences. Students choosing some of these options have combined their German major with other undergraduate majors or degrees.

 

Department Activities

Students have many opportunities to use their German outside the classroom. The German Club offers informal contacts with other students in German as well as German exchange students on campus through activities such as movies, forums, and social gatherings. Faculty and students have the opportunity to meet at a local coffee shop frequently during the semester to speak German in an informal setting. For information on how you can get involved in the German Club contact Dr. Derek Hillard (dhillard@k-state.edu).

Scholarships

The department has, through the generosity of alumni and friends, several endowed scholarships for students majoring in the Department of Modern Languages. Scholarships are available at all undergraduate levels beginning with incoming students. Modern Language majors may also apply for financial aid from the Department for study abroad.

There are also several other scholarships to study abroad, available outside the Department of Modern Languages, such as DAAD, and the Congress-Bundestag youth programs.

Double Majors and Dual Degrees

  • A student has a double major if he/she is in two different curricula in the same college, and will only receive one degree. A student may pursue a Double Major in Modern Languages (B.A.) and another major B.A. or B.S. [for example, History or Math] within the College of Arts & Sciences by completing requirements in two separate programs within the College. The student must complete all course requirements for each major. 
  • A student has a dual degree if he/she is in two different curricula in different colleges, and will receive two degrees. For example, a student may pursue a Dual Degree in Modern Languages and Business, or Modern Languages and Education, or Modern Languages and Engineering. Some Arts & Sciences requirements are waived so that students can graduate with both degrees without adding extra semesters to graduate. For details about Dual Degrees requirements, please consult your Modern Languages advisor.

German Minor

Students pursuing a minor in a modern language must maintain a C (or higher) or a 2.5 GPA in all courses taken toward the minor while they fulfill the requirements. Classes for the minor cannot be taken Pass/Fail. Study abroad and retroactive credit accepted.

Our department encourages students to study abroad in order to enhance their minor. While university policy requires courses applied towards the minor to be taken in residence, we will accept appropriate coursework taken toward the minor; provided that at least two 500 level courses for the minor be taken on campus. Students are advised to consult with the department regarding applicability of courses taken abroad to their minor.

German Minor Requirements:

20 hours of German courses at the 200-level or above, including one literature course (GRMN 521 or 522).

  • GRMN521. Introduction to German Literature I. (3) Literary movements of the nineteenth century are introduced through the reading and discussion of texts in various forms and by representative authors. Pr.: GRMN 223 or equiv.
  • GRMN522. Introduction to German Literature II. (3) Discussion of significant works of twentieth-century prose, poetry, and drama. Special emphasis is placed on the literature of recent decades. Pr.: GRMN 223 or equiv.
  • Note: GRMN 503 (German Literature in Translation) and GRMN 524 and 525 (German for Reading Knowledge I and II) do not count toward the minor.

For further information regarding your coursework for the German minor, please contact Dr. Sara Luly.

How to declare/drop the German minor?

  • Please fill out a "Drop/Add Minor" form in Eisenhower 104 or electronically.

How do I know if I have fulfilled all the requirements for the German minor?

  • Check your DARS report on KSIS. If you have further questions regarding your German minor, please contact Dr. Sara Luly.

How do I graduate with the minor?

Your minor will only appear on your transcript once you graduate. You will apply for graduation for your minor when you apply for graduation for your major. Simply select "Apply for Graduation" in the dropbox menu next to your minor. 

For further information regarding your coursework for the German minor, please contact Dr. Sara Luly.

NoteThe Department of Modern Languages strives to provide the best possible learning environment for its students, and for this reason we take very seriously the placement of students in courses that match their abilities. Each class in the sequence of our courses is designed so that students advance in reading, listening, writing, speaking, and cultural proficiency. In order to best serve each individual, the Department reserves the right to remove students from the rosters of classes that do not correspond to their proficiency levels. Students who have acquired advanced language skills abroad or at home must consult with Modern Languages staff in order to determine their appropriate entry point in our language sequence. Students who begin their coursework at advanced levels may qualify for retroactive credit in as many as four courses.

German Major

German Major Requirements

Students majoring in German must meet the general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree. The major consists of German courses at the 200-level or above. Students majoring in German must receive a grade of C or higher in all courses counted toward the major or have a GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses counted towards the major.

32 hours at the 200-level or above, study abroad accepted, retroactive credit accepted. GPA: C or better or 2.5. Minimum of two 700-level courses must be completed on campus.

Major option "with distinction": The department also offers a major option "with distinction". Students seeking this option must maintain a 3.5 GPA in all courses taken toward the major while they fulfill the requirements: 38 hours: two courses in addition to the regular major, one of which must be at the 700-level. 

Program of Study (Required courses indicated in red):

1. Intermediate Level Courses:

  • Grmn 221. German III
  • Grmn 222. German IV
  • Grmn 503. German Literature in Translation
  • Grmn 510. German Film
  • Grmn 515. Topics in German Cultural Studies
  • Grmn 521. Introductory Topics in German Literature and Culture of the 18th and 19th century
  • Grmn 522. Introductory Topics in German Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st century
  • Grmn 523. Advanced German Conversation
  • Grmn 526. Business German
  • Grmn 527. Advanced German Conversation
  • Grmn 529. Special Studies in German variable 
  • Grmn 530. German Cultural History 3

2. THREE 700-LEVEL COURSES. Choose from:

  • Grmn 700. Topics in Medieval German Literature and Culture
  • Grmn 701. Topics in Eighteenth Century German Literature and Culture
  • Grmn 702. Topics in Nineteenth Century German Literature and Culture
  • Grmn 703. Topics in Early Twentieth Century German Literature and Culture
  • Grmn 704. Topics in German Literature and Culture since 1945
  • Grmn 705. Topics in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century German Literature and Culture
  • Grmn 723. Goethe
  • Grmn 729. Open Topics Seminar in German Literature and Culture
  • Grmn 731. Advanced German: Speaking and Writing
  • Grmn 740. German Culture and Literature in Second-Language Learning

How to declare/drop the German major?

  • Please go to the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office (113 Eisenhower Hall) to fill out the necessary paperwork. Once the major appears on your DARS list in KSIS, please contact Ms. Angélique Courbou (angeli@k-state.edu) to be assigned an advisor.

How do I know if I have fulfilled all the requirements for the German major?

  • Meet with your advisor every semester prior to enrolling, and check your DARS report on KSIS.

How do I graduate with the German major?

  • The semester prior to your last semester, go to the Arts & Sciences Dean's Office in 113 Eisenhower Hall or email artsci@k-state.edu and request a graduation check. 
  • During your last semester, complete the graduation process

Note: The Department of Modern Languages strives to provide the best possible learning environment for its students, and for this reason we take very seriously the placement of students in courses that match their abilities. Each class in the sequence of our courses is designed so that students advance in reading, listening, writing, speaking, and cultural proficiency. In order to best serve each individual, the Department reserves the right to remove students from the rosters of classes that do not correspond to their proficiency levels. Students who have acquired advanced language skills abroad or at home must consult with Modern Languages staff in order to determine their appropriate entry point in our language sequence. Students who begin their coursework at advanced levels may qualify for retroactive credit in as many as four courses.

Graduate Studies

Please check our Graduate Studies page for application information, and contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Claire Dehon (dehoncl@k-state.edu) if you have any questions about our M.A. programs, and/or the application process.

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GERMAN FACULTY

Dr. Necia Chronister
EH 107, (785) 532-1922
nchroni@k-state.edu

Dr. Derek Hillard
Department Head
EH 104A, (785) 532-6760
dhillard@k-state.edu

Dr. Sara Luly
EH 107, (785) 532-1922 
srluly@k-state.edu)

Dr. Janice McGregor
German Language Program Coordinator (100-200 levels)
EH 108, (785) 532-1923
jmcgregor@k-state.edu

 

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