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German

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Louis Mangione, Chair
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German is a major world language spoken in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as in some communities in the United States. Whether you are interested in literature, music, theater, film, or art, German culture is a rich and exciting tradition. Temple’s German program provides broad linguistic, cultural, and practical experiences to prepare students to participate meaningfully in the German-speaking world.

The German major and minor help students achieve their learning goals, whether they want to go on to use German to communicate with friends in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland; to engage in business with German partners; to work in government or in the media; or to participate in German culture.  They develop skills in reading, writing, and oral communication while acquiring a rich understanding of the literature, cinema, history and culture of the German-speaking world.

Students who study German at Temple find that the program prepares them to do well in whatever they choose upon graduation; the German major is a good preparation for a career that requires analytical thinking and communication skills in general, which includes the domains of education, business, government service, travel, and tourism. It is a good major or second major for students planning to attend law school or medical school. Studies have shown that learning a foreign language helps raise scores on the LSAT, GRE, and MCAT examinations. This course of study also proves valuable to anyone who plans to work for a multinational corporation.

The German courses are often small, allowing students to get to know one another and their professors well. The program helps prepare students enrolled in the Fox School of Business and Management to acquire a special language certificate including a special course on German in the business world. Outside of class, students can share conversations and activities informally or with the University German Society. In addition, they can publish their creative work in Temple’s annual literary magazine for world languages, In Other Words.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Humanities majors, 6 upper level credits must be earned in the Social Sciences: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mathematical Economics, Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies , or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language (Note: German 1003 completes this requirement); 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements: Ten courses in German (30 s.h.)

    • Specifically Required Courses: German 1003, 2001, 3096, 3201, 4296
    • Electives in Major: 5 German courses at the upper level, numbered 2000-4999. 

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major

  • Prerequisites: German 1001 and 1002, with a minimum grade of C or equivalent placement.
  • Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Courses must be taken sequentially or in some instances may be taken concurrently. Students who initially place beyond German 1003 may begin with German 2001 or at the 2000-level, as appropriate.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
German 1003** Introduction to German III 3 LB
German 2001** Intermediate 3  
German 3096 Composition I 3 WI*
German 3201 Culture & Civilization I 3  
German 4296 Composition II 3 WI
German Electives Select five from 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level courses 15  
Total     30  
* Indicates writing capstone for the major    
**Students who place out of 1003 will need one additional elective; those who place out of 2001 will need two additional electives.
Note: Up to two upper-level courses outside of the department will count as electives if they
relate to the major as approved in writing by the department advisor.

 

Distinction in Major

To be considered for Distinction in the German Major, students must:
(1) Complete the requirements for the concentration in German with a GPA of at least 3.50;
(2) Have an overall GPA of at least 3.25;
(3) Be recommended to the chair of the department by the German faculty advisor after consultation with the German department faculty.

 

Requirements for the Minor

Prerequisites: German 1001 or equivalent placement with a minimum grade of C.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
German 1002 Introduction to German II 4 LA
German 1003 Introduction to German III 3 LB
German 2001 Intermediate 3  
German 3096 Composition I 3 WI*
German 3201 Culture & Civilization I 3  
German Electives Select one from 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level courses 3  
Total     19**  
* Indicates writing capstone
**Students who place out of 1002 will meet the requirement for the minor with 18.
Note: Up to two upper-level courses outside of the department will count as electives if
they relate to the major as approved by the department advisor.

 

Requirements for the Special Foreign Language Certificate in German

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
German 1001 Introduction to German I 4 LA
German 1002 Introduction to German II 4 LA
German 1003 Introduction to German III 3 LB
German 2001 Intermediate 3  
German 2501 German for Business I 3  
         
Select one course from:   3  
German
German
3096
3201
Composition I
Culture & Civilization I
  WI*
         
Total     20  
*Indicates writing capstone    

 

 


Study Abroad

Students declaring a major or minor in the department are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Temple University has programs at the universities of Hamburg, Tübingen, and Leipzig in Germany. Courses completed in these programs may be credited toward the German major or minor and in partial satisfaction of the CLA Global Studies requirement.

Students interested in Study Abroad should discuss their plans with the faculty advisor in German early in their academic program.

 


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
German 1001 Introduction to German I 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
German 1002 Introduction to German II 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
German 1003 Introduction to German III 3 LB
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
German 2001 Intermediate 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
German 3096 Composition I 3 WI
German 2000+ One 2000+ German Elective 3  
German 2000+ One 2000+ German Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
German 3201 Culture and Civilization I 3  
German 2000+ One 2000+ German Elective 3  
German 2000+ One 2000+ German Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
German 2000+ One 2000+ German Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
German 4296 German Composition II 3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
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