German Major (B.A.)

German Major (B.A.)

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What is German?

If you’re interested in the German language, literature or culture, intend to pursue a career where a background in foreign languages and culture would be useful, or are considering teaching German at the secondary-school level, the German degree program is for you. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, and Germany plays a significant role in the global economy, making this degree program well suited to a variety of careers nationally and internationally.

Why study German at UNH?

You’ll gain a solid foundation in the German language while also studying aspects of the political, social and cultural life of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad with your professors and classmates in our summer Berlin program, or join programs at universities such as Berlin, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Marburg, Munich, Tübingen or Vienna. Internships with German firms or organizations may be taken for credit. Back on campus, students are strongly encouraged to attend the German conversation hour, or Stammtisch, and also have access to an extensive German-language video collection.

Potential careers

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign service officer
  • German teacher
  • International Business leader
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer
  • Translator

Contact

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
210L Murkland Hall
15 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-4005

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Curriculum & Requirements

The German major is offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. This program is of interest to the following groups of students:

  • Those who have a special interest in the German language, literature and culture.
  • Those who intend to enter fields in which a background in foreign languages and cultures is desirable, such as business, engineering, the sciences, law, international affairs, government service and international service.
  • Those who plan to teach German in secondary schools. Since most secondary schools require their teachers to teach more than one subject, students planning to enter teaching at this level should plan their programs carefully. They should combine a major in one culture and language with a minor or at least a meaningful sequence of courses in another subject. Dual majors also are possible. For certification requirements, see the section coordinator.

All German majors are strongly encouraged to double major or include a relevant minor in their studies.

A major consists of 10 courses in German beyond GERM 402 Elementary German II. Courses required for the major (or their equivalents):

GERM 503Intermediate German I4
GERM 504Intermediate German II4
GERM 525Introduction to German Culture and Civilization4
GERM 631WAdvanced Communications Skills I4
GERM 632Advanced Communications Skills II4
Select four courses, taken at the 600 or 700 levels 116
Capstone: Select one course at the 700 level 24
Total Credits40

A grade of C- or better is required in all major coursework. Majors are required to spend a minimum of one semester in an approved German-speaking study abroad program, or at least eight weeks in a summer study program. For students spending one semester abroad, two or three of the five upper-level courses are normally taken in Durham. For students spending a whole academic year abroad, one or two of the five upper-level courses are normally taken in Durham. LLC 791 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching does not count for major credit; LLC 791 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching is recommended as an elective and required for teacher certification. 

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

German majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

Explore Program Details

The Department sponsors an intensive 5-week course in Berlin, Germany, that can be tailored to an individual's language proficiency level. No prior German language study is required. Learn more about the program at the College's Center for Study Abroad.

COLA Study Abroad

The University allows both German majors and minors and other students at levels beyond GERM 504 to attend approved Study Abroad programs for UNH credit.

Students may attend accredited semester or year programs at universities such as Berlin, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Marburg, Munich, Tübingen, or Vienna. Most Study Abroad programs require a minimum of two years of college German.

For intensive language study at any level, students may attend Goethe-Institut centers in Germany for one or more four or eight-week courses. Students beyond the 504 level may also do an internship in a German firm or organization (see GERM 595). Financial aid applies to all approved programs.

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