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German Language and Literature

Robert Bloomer, Director

Requirements for the Major

The major in German Language and Literature leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No previous knowledge of the language is required. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.  Transfer students must complete at least 18 credits toward the major at Stony Brook.

A. Concentration in German (30-36 credits, depending on language placement. See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for placement exam information.)

            1. Required courses:
                        a. GER 211, GER 212 Intermediate German I, II (see Note)
                        b. GER 311, GER 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
                        c. GER 313 German Vocabulary in Conceptual Groups
                        d. GER 343 Introduction to Literary Genres
                        e. GER 438 Structure of German
                        f. GER 439 History of German
                     
            2.  Elective courses: 12 additional credits chosen from: GER 344; HUG 221HUG 229, HUG 321; MVL 241; HIS 312

B. Concentration in German and a Second Discipline (36-42 credits, depending on language placement. See https://llrc.stonybrook.edu/placement-exams for placement exam information.)

            1. Required courses:
                        a. GER 211, GER 212 Intermediate German I, II (see Note)
                        b. GER 311, GER 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
                        c. GER 313 German Vocabulary in Conceptual Groups
                        d. GER 343 Introduction to Literary Genres
                        e. GER 438 Structure of German
                        f. GER 439 History of German
                        g. Two HUG courses

            2. Elective courses: 12 additional credits (nine of which must be 300-level or higher) in a discipline other than GER.  

Note: The prerequisite for GER 211 is GER 101 or GER 112.

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement:

To demonstrate proficiency in writing in English, German majors must present a dossier consisting of a minimum of two papers of at least five pages each. This dossier must be submitted before the end of the second semester of the junior year to the GER Program Coordinator. The papers must be essays previously composed for upper division courses. Those originally in a foreign language must be rewritten in English. A faculty committee will judge the papers for clarity, accuracy, and appropriateness of style. If the dossier is judged to be unsatisfactory, the student will be asked to rewrite and resubmit the work in the senior year. Students must demonstrate acceptable writing skills before they graduate.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with  university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Foreign Language Secondary Teacher Education Program

See the Education and Teacher Certification entry in the degrees and requirements section.

Honors Program in German

To be eligible, majors must have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.00 and a g.p.a. of 3.50 in German through the junior year. An eligible student, with the approval of a faculty member who will serve as thesis advisor, must submit a written thesis proposal to the Department's honors committee. Students selected enroll in GER 495 for the semester in which the thesis is written. The thesis is evaluated by the thesis advisor, another member of the Department, and a third reader from outside the Department. For further information and deadlines for submission, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Requirements for the Minor

A German minor is available for students majoring in other disciplines.

All upper-division courses in German offered to fulfill minor requirements below must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least nine of the upper-division credits must be earned at Stony Brook.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. 

1.   GER 211, GER 212 Intermediate German I, II (see Note 1)
2.   GER 311, GER 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
3.   GER 313 German Vocabulary in Conceptual Groups
4.   GER 438 Structure of German
5.   GER 439 History of German

Note 1: The prerequisite for GER 211 is GER 101 or GER 112.
Note 2: One HUG course can be substituted for a course in 3-5.

Students are urged to earn applicable credits at one of several partner universities in Germany.  For more information about the German program including the opportunity to study abroad, please contact Dr. Robert Bloomer at: Robert.Bloomer@stonybrook.edu


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