Goals of the Major

A major in German consists of at least 24 credit hours beyond GER 202 with a grade of C- or higher in every course counting toward the major, and maintain a minimum overall average of 2.5 in the major (see curriculum for course distribution). The major is designed to allow students to gain advanced linguistic, cultural, and literary competence in the communities that speak this language. With each course students further develop the capacity to communicate with and to critically see and understand the linguistic communities being studied. Not only do students learn to understand, interpret, and analyze communication patterns and cultural products (new technologies, film, literature, etc.) from other geopolitical positions, but this process also fosters a greater appreciation of the learners’ own language, culture, and society. As part of the development of analytical and critical skills, students learn to build coherent arguments orally and in writing; to develop tools for the interpretation of various texts; to perform research and write critical papers; to find and evaluate sources of information; to heighten their sensitivity to the contexts of language, and to appreciate language as art.  Students will also acquire a broad, structured knowledge of the relevant history, literature and culture in the target language. Finally, they will learn to carry out cultural comparisons and to view their own culture with new eyes.

You do not have to be a student of the College of Arts and Sciences to major in a modern language; you need only the approval of your college or school advisor and to complete the departmental requirements. If you wish to complete a double degree, consult with an Arts and Sciences Advisor.

Students completing a major in a modern language are encouraged to study abroad. The Study Abroad Office (in Dooly Memorial Classroom, Building 1111, Memorial Drive, Suite 125) sponsors programs for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. It is also possible to fulfill some Arts and Sciences distribution requirements abroad. In order to take full advantage of study abroad, students should visit Study Abroad early in their university careers, discuss course equivalencies with the Study Abroad Advisor for their chosen languages (contact the Department office for names and office hours), and consult with their major advisors. Credit hour toward the major for courses taken abroad will be determined on an individual basis. 

Students with transfer credit hours at the 300-level must take at least 18 graded credit hours at or above the 300-level at the University of Miami; i.e., up to 6 credit hours  may be transferred towards the German major from another institution or a study abroad program not administered by UM. Up to 12 credit hours taken abroad in a UM-administered program may count towards the major. 

Capstone Courses

The final course in the major is the capstone course (501) which must be taken in residence. This course will:

  •  Integrate the various skills acquired during the course of study (linguistic, analytical, knowledge-based);
  • Incorporate interpretive as well as presentational modes of communication;
  • Contain an over-arching and cohesive theme;
  • Include an element of collaboration among students.

It will constitute a moment of recapitulation of, synthesis, and reflection on a student’s experience in the major as well as a bridge towards graduate-level studies, should s/he decide to pursue them.

Of the 24 credit hours required for the major, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty (whether on campus or in faculty-led study-abroad programs). Since we encourage students to study abroad in UM-sponsored programs, up to 12 credit hours from these programs may be applied toward the major. Up to 6 transfer credit hours from other institutions may count toward the major; whether these are credit hours transferred from another U.S. institution or from non-UM study abroad programs, transferred credit hours must be granted UM equivalency in order to be eligible to count toward the major. Please note, however, that the total number of combined UM study-abroad (exclusive of MLL faculty-led programs) and transfer credit hours shall not exceed 12 credit hours.

For example: 

  • A student may use 3 transfer credit hours with UM equivalency and 9 credit hours from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
  • A student may use 6 transfer credit hours with UM equivalency and 6 credit hours from a UM-sponsored study abroad program toward fulfillment of the major; the remaining 12 credit hours must be earned in courses taught by MLL faculty.
  • A student may use 12 credit hours from a UM-administered study-abroad program not led by MLL faculty and 12 credit hours in courses taught by MLL faculty to fulfill the major.

Exceptions to this 12 credit hours rule may be made in cases where a student will participate in a UM-administered study-abroad program for a full academic year. 

Curriculum Requirements

German Courses
GER 101Elementary German I3
GER 102Elementary German II3
GER 201Intermediate German I3
GER 202Intermediate German II3
GER 301Interpreting Literary and Cultural Texts in German3
GER 302The Cultures of the German-Speaking World3
GER 310German Studies in Translation3
GER 321Special Topics in German Studies3
GER 365Twentieth-Century German Studies3
GER 370The Holocaust in History, Film, and Memorial Culture3
GER 592Directed Readings3
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II3
Minor Requirement15
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Electives45
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study 

These  Suggested Plans of Study are samples of  four-year plans, but an individual student's actual plan is likely to vary from these sample plans in a number of ways, depending on such factors as (1) AP, dual-enrollment, and transfer credits that a student brings in; (2) the student's initial placement in composition, mathematics, and German; and (3) the minor chosen by the student, as well as any additional minor or major the student chooses to complete.  For example, a student is not required to complete a cognate in People & Society if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society," and similarly, a student is not required to complete a cognate in STEM if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM."

For students starting the major with GER 101

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
GER 101 Elementary German I 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
GER 102 Elementary German II 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
GER 201 Intermediate German I 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GER 202 Intermediate German II 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
GER 301 Interpreting Literary and Cultural Texts in German 3
Or any other 300 level GER course 1
 
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Ideally through a Faculty Led Study Abroad  
GER 302 The Cultures of the German-Speaking World 2 3
GER 321 Special Topics in German Studies 2 3
GER 365 Twentieth-Century German Studies 2 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
GER 310 German Studies in Translation 1 3
GER 370 The Holocaust in History, Film, and Memorial Culture 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GER 592 Directed Readings 1 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

 For students starting the major with GER 201

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
GER 201 Intermediate German I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GER 202 Intermediate German II 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
GER 301 Interpreting Literary and Cultural Texts in German 2 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GER 302 The Cultures of the German-Speaking World 2 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
GER 321 Special Topics in German Studies 1 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Ideally through a Faculty Led Study Abroad  
GER 310 German Studies in Translation 2 3
GER 365 Twentieth-Century German Studies 2 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
GER 370 The Holocaust in History, Film, and Memorial Culture 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GER 592 Directed Readings 1 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

 Also satisfies Advanced Writing Requirement

2

 Or any other 300 level GER course-also satisfies Advanced Writing Requirement.