Germanic Studies (GERM)College of Arts and Humanities
3215 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4025
Professors: P. Beicken (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), E. Frederiksen (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), A. Moyer, R. Oster
Associate Professors: H. Baer, G. Strauch
Assistant Professors: J. Koser
Professors Emeriti: O. Best, G. Jones, G. Pfister, R. Walker
The 36-credit BA in Germanic Studies is centered on the study of the German language and the literatures and cultures of Germanic peoples. Students who complete the requirements for the major can expect to be able to speak, read, write, and understand German at a level that would allow them to communicate with native speakers. Additionally, students will be able to recognize and interpret the diverse cultural perspectives and products of the German-speaking world, and be culturally sensitive members of society.
Placement in Courses
Requirements for the Major
Prerequisite: 8 credits: GERM103 and GERM203 or equivalent
Course Requirements: 36 credits
B. Area Requirements: 27 credits
Language Courses: 6 credits upper level minimum
Literature Courses: 6 credits upper level minimum
Culture Courses: 6 credits upper level minimum
Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each course applied toward a major or minor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.0 in a major or minor is required for graduation.
Language of Instruction
Requirements for the Minor
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC)
This minor will provide students with an in-depth understanding of German Language and Literature as a source of Culture. Building on these essentials, students can concentrate on Language, Literature or Culture, or a combination of these fields. This will be accomplished by taking 5 courses beyond GERM 203 or its equivalent. Students will determine, in close consultation with the German undergraduate advisor, how to constitute their own concentration.
15 credits - 5 courses beyond GERM203 or its equivalent
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Undergraduate Research Experiences
The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding Juniors and/or Seniors to display their research projects. The Forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).
Annual Language Career and Internship Fair
Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center. For more information see the SLLC website www.sllc.umd.edu/ .
Language Partner Program (LPP)
The Language Partner Program is a joint venture between the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Office of International Services, and Education Abroad. International students and SLLC majors are assigned in pairs to meet weekly on a one-on-one basis outside the classroom to work in an informal yet structured way on the listening, speaking, and cultural acquisition skills of SLLC majors. SLLC students in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and at the intermediate to advanced level sign up for a 1cr SLLC309 - Language Partner Program.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Individual SLLC departments hold annual induction ceremonies for students who are eligible for honor society membership.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The UG Committee organizes an annual awards ceremony to celebrate SLLC students who have earned SLLC, campus and/or national scholarships, and academic achievement awards. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the annual SLLC UG Research Forum.