The Modern Languages Department aims, in its elementary and intermediate German courses, to develop students’ linguistic competence and understanding of a foreign culture and to introduce them to its different cultural products. More advanced courses seek to perfect the use of the oral and written language and to study the literature, art and history of foreign societies and cultures in order to develop faculties of analysis, critical thinking, and aesthetic judgment.
The Department offers a major in German. Majors should enrich their studies with courses in other literatures and relevant languages, European history and thought, and the fine arts and music. Majors interested in international affairs, business or diplomacy should choose appropriate courses from the departments of economics and business administration, history and politics. Students planning to pursue graduate study are especially advised to take courses in a second foreign language, world literature, and history, as appropriate. Similarly, students with international interests who are majors in other departments should formulate a minor in French, Japanese or Spanish to suit their goals. The varied activities of the language clubs add to the department’s offerings.
Requirements for Majors
German majors are required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours in German beyond the 100 level. GER-251, 252 and at least one 400-level W course are required, as well as a study abroad experience as approved by the department. German majors can fulfill the requirement for an oral presentation in the major and the capstone requirement by taking GER-401W, 402W, 403W or 492W.
Secondary School Certification
Students planning to obtain certification for secondary-school teaching in German must take a minimum of 24 credit hours in German at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. The following courses are required: GER-251 and 252; 313 or 314; 328 and at least two 300- or 400-level courses.
In addition to the course requirements, students are required to pass a qualifying examination before they will be admitted to candidacy for certification and a competency examination before being certified.
These tests will examine students’ linguistic competence, orally and in writing, testing phonetics, conversation, grammar and composition. The exit exam will also check their knowledge of German literature and culture, including the arts, history and geography. Students and their advisers should consult the Ursinus College Education Department. Language majors and students preparing for certification are required to supplement their work at Ursinus by spending a summer, a semester or an entire year in a foreign country with a program approved by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be made by petition to the department chair.
Requirements for Minors
German Minor Consists of GER-251 and 16 additional credits of German at the 200, 300 or 400 level. German Studies Minor
A minor concentration in German Studies consists of six courses, two of which must be taken in the History department and two in the German Section of Modern Languages. Two additional courses, one in German, one in History or an independent study project addressing a topic either in History or German, may be taken through the Ursinus in Tübingen Summer Program or other approved study abroad program. Students may chose from among the following courses at Ursinus: HIST-207, 304, 305, 306, 308, 401W; GER-201, 202, 251, 252, 314, 315; in Germany students may choose either two German courses or one German course and HIST-400W. Students who cannot afford to spend a summer in Germany because of financial hardship may fulfill the requirement for this minor by taking all six courses at Ursinus.