Undergraduate program

Introduction

German Major Programs

Minor in German
German Language Courses
German Literature Courses

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INTRODUCTION

The German Division at Florida State University gives students a thorough grounding in the German language with courses ranging from basic German to advanced courses in language and culture. At the basic level, students may begin their study of German with either GER 1120 or GER 1110, the conversational track. Advanced level skills courses include courses in the German media, play production, advanced conversation and composition, and a translation course. The Division provides an excellent introduction to the literature, film and culture of German-speaking countries.

Students wishing to major in German choose a minimum of six semester hours of skills courses and six semester hours of literarure, film and culture courses. A minimum of six semester hours must be taken at the 4000-level. The German Division also offers opportunities for students who wish to major in German with a concentration in business.

The German Division in cooperation with the Verband der deutsch-amerikanischen Clubs offers two scholarships a year for students to study in Germany. In addition, students may participate in the SUS program in Bonn for one or two semesters. The program is administered by the University of Florida. Students who are interested in summer study may attend a summer program in Mannheim or Innsbruuck, also administered through UF.

For more information contact the Divisional Coordinator in German, Dr. Birgit Maier-Katin, (850) 644-8300.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Students who choose German to fulfill the language requirement must complete GER 2220 or the equivalent. All students graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences must fulfill this requirement; selected majors in other colleges may have a language requirement as well. Students who enter the university with no previous German fulfill the requirement by completing GER 1120-1121 (or GER 1110-1111) and GER 2220. Each course carries 4 credit hours for a total of 12 hours for the entire sequence.

EXEMPTION AND PLACEMENT

A student who has taken any college German at another instutution must continue the sequence at Florida State University at the nearest equivalent level through GER 2220 to fulfill the language requirement. A student who has taken German in high school and has never enrolled in any college German class may exempt the first levels of college German through the German placement exam or the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) test.

 

GERMAN PLACEMENT EXAM

 

All students who entered Florida State after January 1, 2003 and who are taking their first course in German in the Spring semester 2004 or later are REQUIRED to take a free placement exam (unless the student has NO prior experience with the language or arrives at FSU with IB, AP or other test credit in German). Students may also determine placement based on the CLEP test.

CLEP EXAM

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) - Students may also determine placement based on the results of the CLEP exam in German. Students who have not yet received any college credit in German may register for this exam - currently $80 ($85 after July 1, 2008)- at the Assessment Services Test Center, Bldg C, Rm 1200 University Center (850)644-3017. If successful, students may receive up to 12 hours credit in German. The exam is administered throughout the year. Unofficial results are available immediately after the test is taken; official results are available 2-3 weeks after each administration. Students may not be enrolled in any German course before the CLEP exam is taken.

GERMAN MAJOR PROGRAMS

Thirty semester hours numbered above 2999 are required, including GER 3400 and GER 3500. For students entering the major from GER 2220, GER 3400 is required to fulfill the composition component; students who enter with advanced proficiency take GER 4420. Students should consult with an adviser to ensure proper placement. Students should have a minimum of six (6) semester hours of skills courses (e.g. GER 3310, 3400) and six (6) semester hours of literature, film, and culture classes (e.g. GER 3500, GER 3930 ). A minimum of nine (9) semester hours must be taken at the 4000-level. A maximum of six semester hours from among the following coursework may count toward the thirty semester hour requirement: GET 3130, 3524.

Co-Major in Another Foreign Language

Twenty-one (21) semester hours in German courses numbered above 1999 must be taken, selected in consultation with the German Major/Minor advisor, plus twenty-one (21) semester hours above the 1999 level in one of the following: Chinese, French, Italian, Linguistics, Russian, or Spanish. The student should consult with the advisor of the second language to select appropriate courses. One second year course must be used to satisfy the College or University language requirement. No minor is required with the co-major program.

Major in German with a Concentration in Business

A major in German with a concentration in Business may be selected. The program consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours beyond the language requirement in the language, plus twenty-seven (27) hours of designated courses in the College of Business. This includes all of the core courses plus one of the three specialized tracks. The student should consult with an advisor to select courses. No minor is required with this major.

CORE:

ECO 2013 Economics of the National Economy (Prerequisite - none)

ECO 2023 Economics of the Price System (Prerequisites - none)

ACG 2021 Introduction to Financial Accounting (Prerequisite - none)

ACG 2071 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (Prerequisite - ACG 2021 with a grade of C- or higher)

MAN 3600 Multinational Business Operations (Prerequisites - ECO 2013, ECO 2023)

SPECIALIZED TRACKS:

 

Finance

FIN 3403 Financial Management of the Firm

(Prerequisites - ECO 2023, ACG 2021)

FIN 3244 Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance (Prerequisites - ECO 2013, ACG 2021)

FIN 4604 Multinational Finance Management

(Prerequisites - FIN 3403, FIN 3244)

Plus: MAN 4605, or MAN 4631, or an advanced finance course (3000-4000 level)

Marketing

MAR 3023 Basic Marketing Concepts

(Prerequisites - ECO 2023, plus one behavioral science)

MAR 4156 Multinational Marketing

(Prerequisites - MAR 3023, MAN 3600)

Plus two of the following: MAN 4605, or MAN 4631, and/or an advanced Marketing course (3000-4000 level)

Management

MAN 3240 Organizational Behavior

MAN 4605 Cross-Cultural Management

(Prerequisite - MAN 3240)

Plus two additional advanced management courses (3000-4000 level)

Total Business component: 27 semester hours

Teacher Certification in German

For teacher certification of language teaching in the state of Florida, students are not required to complete education courses, just your German major (plus a minor if required) through the College of Arts and Sciences. You can then qualify for a Temporary Florida Educator's Certificate. While student teaching you can learn the professional education competencies to qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate.

See complete information online at: www.fldoe.org/edcert

HONORS IN THE MAJOR

Students are encouraged to graduate with honors where possible. Requirements include a 3.2 grade point average for entrance into the program, completion of six hours of honors research, and the writing of an honors thesis.

Students with a 3.5 GPA in German, a 3.0 overall and at least 3 courses in German above the language requirement, with an A average in each, are encouraged to apply for membership in the Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society. Contact Dr. Winnifred Adolph (850)644-8191 for an application and further details.

Twelve (12) semester hours numbered above 1999 are required for the minor. Credit extended in meeting the foreign language requirement for graduation or for any other major may not be used in satisfying the minor.

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES

GER 1120 Elementary German I (4).

Introduction to German. May not be taken by native speakers. Students with more than one year of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement.

GER 1121 Elementary German II (4).

Prerequisite: GER 1120, 1110, or the equivalent. May not be taken by native speakers. Students with more than 3 years of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement.

GER 1110 Elementary Conversational German (4). (Conversational method) May not be taken by native speakers. Introduction to German with emphasis on speaking. Additional hours arranged for conversational practice. Students with more than one year of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement. GER 1110 is a first year course, an alternative to GER 1120.

GER 1111 Elementary Conversational German (4). (Conversational method) Prerequisite: GER 1120, 1110, or equivalent. May not be taken by native speakers. Students with three or more years of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement. Introduction to German with emphasis on speaking. Additional hours arranged for conversational practice. (An alternative to GER 1121)

GER 2220 Reading and Conversation (4).

Prerequisite: GER 1121, 1111, or the equivalent. May not be taken by native speakers. Serves as final semester of the language requirement and as the transition to upper-level study. Contemporary reading matter, including films, slides, and recordings, serves as the basis for discussion.

GER 3310 Intermediate German Grammar (3).

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. May not be taken by native speakers. This course focuses on the rules of German grammar and syntax and employing them correctly in reading and writing.

GER 3400 Composition and Conversation (3).

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or consent of instructor. The objective is the ability to write and converse on general cultural topics at a level which demonstrates near mastery of German grammar and the beginning of a personal style in the language. The course is conducted in German.

GER 3440 German Business/Language and Practice (3).

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or consent of instructor. An introduction to business languages and practices in German-speaking countries.

GER 3500 German Studies (3).

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or consent of instructor. An introduction to German studies. Emphasis on Germany in the second half of the twentieth century.

GER 3502 Topics in German Studies (3).
Prerequisite: GER 2220 or consent of instructor. Survey of topics from art, music or literature placed in a cultural and historical perspective.

GER 3780 Phonetics (3).

Prerequisite: GER 2220. The objectives are the acquisition of correct German sound formation by comparison with English phonetics and the improvement of the student's conversational German through pronunciation exercises. The course is conducted in German.

GER 3941r Directed Individual Tutorial Practice (3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Students review grammar and improve their speaking skills by leading groups of students in the GER 1110-1111 classes. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

GER 4420 Advanced Composition (3).

Prerequisite: GER 3400 or the equivalent. Course objective: alility to write with a developed personal style in German on intellectually demanding topics, including commentary on literature. Near mastery

of German grammar is a prerequisite. The course is conducted in German.

GER 4480 Modern German of the News Media (3)

Prerequisite: GER 3400 or consent of the instructor. An advanced-level skills course. Discussion of current events and mass media in German-speaking countries and work with authentic texts (newspapers and audio- and videotapes).

GER 4905r Directed Individual Study (3).

Students arrange with individual faculty members to undertake specialized study in areas outside of, or in addition to the regular curriculum.

GER 4935r Honors Work (3).

May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours, three (3) hours of which may be applied to the requirements for the major with permission of the department. All honors work is directed by the student's honors committee.

GER 4942r Internship in Applied German (1-6)

Prerequisite: Advanced Standing in German. Provides credit for students working in governmental agencies or private business while using the German language. Departmental permission required.

GERMAN LITERATURE COURSES

GET 3130 Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation: 19th and 20th Centuries (3).

This course provides students the opportunity to read German literary works in English translation. The focus is on major literary texts and movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

GET 4800 Translation German-English/English-German (3). Prerequisite: GER 3400 or consent of instructor. An advanced-level skills course. Translating a variety of texts that illustrate important distinctions between German and English grammar, syntax vocabulary, etc.

GEW 3320 Drama (3).

Focuses on contemporary German drama in a sociohistorical context. Addresses the difficulties authors confront when dramatizing current social trends, as well as the problems of interpreting and staging a play.

GEW 3370 German Short Fiction (3).

Course objective: An understanding of the major principles of literary study in general and of the Novelle as a predominately German genre in particular. Since the genre was popular mainly in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the course also serves as a beginning orientation in those periods. The course is conducted in German as much as possible, but students may use English if necessary. Verbal and written participation is required.

GEW 3393 German Cinema (3) May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours. This course will meet partial credit for the German literature requirement.

GEW 4591r Studies in an Author or Theme (3).

Offers the opportunity to study either a single author in-depth or to follow a specific theme which may extend over a brief period or over centuries. Course material is often supplemented by recordings and cinematic representations. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

GEW 4592r Studies in a Period or Movement (3).

Concentrates on a specific literary movement such as Romanticism, Realism, Expressionism, or on a period such as the Baroque, the Enlightenment, or the Weimar period. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.

GEW 4900r Directed Individual Readings in Literature (3).

May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours. Students arrange with individual faculty members to study literature outside the regular curriculum.

GEW 4930r Special Topics (3).

Students arrange with individual faculty members to undertake study in areas outside the regular curriculum.