Undergraduate program

Introduction

German Major Programs

Minor in German
German Language Courses
German Literature Courses

INTRODUCTION

The German Program 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. The program 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 literature, 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.

For more information contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe, tsoldatjaffe@fsu.edu.

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.

GERMAN HONORARY SOCIETY

Students with a 3.5 GPA (or higher) in German and a 3.0 GPA (or higher) overall are encouraged to apply for membership in the Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society. Applicants have completed at least three courses above the language requirement with an A- or higher. Students may be enrolled in the third course at the time when they apply. Contact Dr. Christian Weber (cweber@fsu.edu) for an application and further details. (For more information, see “Honorary Society Delta Phi Alpha” in the left-hand menu on the German program homepage.)

MINOR IN GERMAN

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. Credit extended in meeting the foreign language requirement for graduation may not be used in satisfying the minor.

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES

GER1110. Elementary Conversational German (4). (Conversational method.) This course is an introduction to German with emphasis on speaking. Additional hours arranged for conversational practice. Students with more than two years of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement. May not be taken by native speakers. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1111, 1120, 1121 and/or 2220.

GER1111. Elementary Conversational German (4). Prerequisites: GER 1110, GER 1120 or equivalent. This course is an introduction to German with emphasis on speaking (conversational method). Additional hours arranged for conversational practice. Students with three or four years of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement. May not be taken by native speakers. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1110, 1120, 1121, and/or 2220.

GER1120. Elementary German I (4). This course is an introduction to German. May not be taken by native speakers. Students with more than two years of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1110, 1111, 1121 or 2220.

GER1121. Elementary German II (4). Prerequisites: GER 1110, GER 1120 or equivalent. This course may not be taken by native speakers. Students with three or four years of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1110, 1111, 1120, and/or 2220.

GER2220.Intermediate German (4). Prerequisites: GER 1121, GER 1111 or equivalent. This course expands skills in reading, writing, and conversation. This course completes the baccalaureate degree requirement and serves as the transition to upper-level study. May not be taken by native speakers. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1110, 1111, 1120, and/or 1121.

GERMAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE COURSES TAUGHT IN GERMAN

GER3310. German Grammar (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or equivalent. This course focuses on the rules of German grammar and syntax and employing them correctly in speaking and writing.

GEW3320. Drama (3). Prerequisites: GER 2220 or instructor permission. GER 3400, GER 3310, or GER 3500 are recommended. This course focuses on contemporary German drama in a socio-historical context. Addresses the difficulties authors confront when dramatizing current social trends, as well as the problems of interpreting and staging a play.

GEW3370. German Short Fiction (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or instructor permission. GER 3400, GER 3310, or GER 3500 are recommended. This course introduces students to the principles of literary study through reading and discussion of short pieces of fiction, primarily from the twentieth century.

GER3400. Composition and Conversation (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or instructor permission. In this course, the objective is the ability to write and converse on general cultural topics at a level that demonstrates near mastery of German grammar and the beginning of a personal style in the language. The course is conducted in German.

GER3400. Composition and Conversation (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or instructor permission. In this course, the objective is the ability to write and converse on general cultural topics at a level that demonstrates near mastery of German grammar and the beginning of a personal style in the language. The course is conducted in German. (This course is required for the Major.)

GER3440. German Business Language and Practice (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or instructor permission. This course in an introduction to business languages and practices in German-speaking countries.

GER3500. German Studies (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or instructor permission. This course, taught primarily in German, serves as an introduction to German studies. The course provides the student with an understanding of the major cultural aspects (literature, visual arts, history, politics, etc.) of German-speaking countries from the twentieth century to the present; the emphasis is placed on Germany in the second half of the twentieth century. (Required for the Major.)

GER3502r. Topics in German Studies (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or instructor permission. GER 3500 or GER 3310 are recommended. This course, taught primarily in German, presents a survey of one topic in the area of German studies. Topics may include themes from art, music, or literature placed in a cultural and historical perspective. Topics change frequently. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours with permission of instructor.

GER3780. Phonetics (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220. In this course, 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.

GER3930r. Special Topics (3). Prerequisite: GER 2220 or instructor permission. GER 3500 or GER 3310 are recommended. This course allows students to study non-literary topics of a special kind, depending on student interest and faculty expertise. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours when content changes.

GER4420. Advanced Composition (3). Prerequisite: Two German courses at the 3000-level or higher (of which only one may be GET 3130 or GET 3524); or instructor permission. In this course, students gain the ability to write in a professional style, in standard, intermediate, and advanced German, on a variety of topics and in different genres. The course is taught in German. (This course is required for the Major for students who enter the program with advanced proficiency.)

GEW4591r. Studies in an Author or Theme (3). Prerequisites: Two 3000-level courses or instructor permission. This course offers the opportunity to study either a single author in-depth or to follow a specific theme that may extend over a brief period or over centuries. Course material may include non-literary textual and audio-visual material. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

GEW4592r. Studies in a Period or Movement (3). Prerequisites: Two 3000-level courses or instructor permission. This course 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 nine semester hours.

GEW4930r. Special Topics (3). Prerequisites: Two 3000-level courses or instructor permission. In this course, students arrange with individual faculty members to undertake study in areas outside the regular curriculum. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

GER4480. Modern German of the News Media (3). Prerequisite: Two 3000-level courses or instructor permission. This course is an advanced-level skills course. Discussion of current events and mass media in German-speaking countries and work with authentic texts (newspapers and audio-visual material).

GER4905r. Directed Individual Study (3). In this course, students arrange with individual faculty members to undertake specialized study in areas outside of or in addition to the regular curriculum. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

GER4935r. Honors Thesis (1–6). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours, three 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.

GER4942r. Internship in Applied German (1–6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Advanced standing in German. This course provides academic credit for students working in governmental agencies or private business where students employ the foreign language. Departmental permission required. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) credit hours; repeatable within the same term.

GERMAN COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

GET3130. Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation: 19th and 20th Centuries (3). This course offers an introduction to masterpieces of German literature from the 19th century to the present. It uses works by authors of various ethnic, minority, and gender backgrounds that bring forth German representations of gendered or cultural others and transcultural issues. May be counted for major or minor credit. Taught in English.

GET3524r. German Cinema (3). This course covers the contextual and stylistic features of German cinema from its classical period, in the 1920s, to the New German Cinema, through the present. The course focuses on methods of film analysis and on film criticism. Taught in English. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

GET4800. Translation German-English/English-German (3). Prerequisite: GER 3400 or instructor permission. This course is an advanced-level skills course. Translating a variety of texts that illustrate important distinctions between German and English grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etc.

IDS 2467. Interdisciplinary Explorations in German Culture (3). In this course, students engage with central areas of German culture in order to learn about German Studies as an interdisciplinary field. Students conduct fieldwork research and other scholarly and creative research in this field on a self-chosen topic. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.

IDS3188. German Society Through Film: The Legacy of Nazi Crimes Against Humanity (3). This course explores cinematic responses to Nazi crimes against humanity in German society. Drawing on the perspective of victims, perpetrators, bystanders, helpers, resisters, as well as preceding generations, the course investigates how cultural memory is created to reveal a multiplicity of voices and to reflect the indelible mark of the Nazi past in Germany. The course is taught in English.

IDS3312. Robots, Monsters, Avatars: Technology and the (Post-)Human Condition (3). This course investigates the intricate relationship between the human existence and technology from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It explores fundamental questions concerning the human condition and searches for solutions to related practical problems.

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