Dec 06, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German, MA

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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.  

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. 

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. 


Admission Requirements

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. 


Degree Requirements

Plan A (thesis):  

  • Completion of a thesis and oral examination 

Plan B (non-thesis):  

  • 30 total credit hours, of which 24 must be in courses with the GER prefix 

  • Graduate foreign language requirement, normally in French 

  • An oral and written examination 

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