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German

Wilbert Roget, Department Chair
532 Anderson Hall
215-204-8266
wilbert.roget@temple.edu

Margaret Devinney, Faculty Advisor
215-204–3356
devinney@temple.edu

532 Anderson Hall
215-204-1760
www.temple.edu/fgis/Home/

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 s 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 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.

 

Requirements for the Major

  • Prerequisites: German 1001, 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 RCI column.
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
German 1003** Introduction to German III 3 LB
German 2001** Intermediate German 3  
German 3096 Composition I 3 WI*
German 3201 Culture & Civilization I 3  
German   Writing Intensive Course (number pending) 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.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
German 1002 Introduction to German II 4 LA
German 1003 Introduction to German III 3 LB
German 2001 Intermediate German 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

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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 German 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 for the major.    

 


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 International 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 Plans

Please note that these are suggested academic plans. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

 

Requirements for New Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 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 World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
German 1003 Introduction to German III 3 LB
IH 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
German 2000+ One Writing-Intensive German Course 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  

 

Requirements for New Transfer Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO/GW
German 1001 Introduction to German I 4 LA
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning A Course 3-4 QA/GQ
Core 0800+ One Arts Course 3-4 AR/GA
Subtotal      14-16  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA/GY
German 1002 Introduction to German II 4 LA
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning B Course 3-4 QB/GQ
Core 1000+ One Science & Technology A Course 3-4 SA
Core 0800+ One Individual and Society Course 3 IN/GB
Subtotal      16-18  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
German 1003 Introduction to German III 3 LB
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB/GZ
Core 0800+ One Science & Technology B Course 3-4 SB/GS
Core 0800+ One American Culture Course 3 AC/GU
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core 0800+ One International Studies Course 3 IS/GG
Core 0800+ One Studies in Race Course 3 RS/GD
German 2001 Intermediate 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal      17-18  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 1-3  
Subtotal      16-18  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
German 2000+ One 2000+ German Elective 3  
Core 1000-4999 One Writing-Intensive Course 3 WI
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  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
German 2000+ One Writing-Intensive German Course 3 WI
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  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  

 

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