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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Liberal Arts


German (GERM)


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Professor: Edward T. Larkin
Associate Professor: Mary E. Rhiel
Lecturer: Johannes T. Frank, Viktoria Harms

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 literatures is desirable, such as international business and law, trade, journalism, science, library science, government service, and international service organizations.

• 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 of the languages and its literature 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.

A major consists of 10 courses in German beyond German 402. Required for the major are GERM 503, 504, 525, 601, 631, 632 (or their equivalents) and four more courses which must be taken at the 600 or 700 levels. 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 equivalent. For students spending one semester abroad, three of the four upper-level courses are normally taken in Durham. For students spending an academic year abroad, two of the four upper-level courses are normally taken in Durham. GERM 791 does not count for major credit; 791 is recommended as an elective and required for teacher certification. The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing any 700-level German course (including 797 and 798).

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.

Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery requirements.

A minor consists of five courses in German numbered 503 and above. The minor may include one course taught in English (521, 523, 524, 525) but not 791.

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. UNH is part of the New England Universities consortium (Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island), which sponsors a program in Salzburg, Austria. UNH students get a discount on Salzburg program tuition and have an easy transfer of credits. Students also may attend other 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. Intensive language study programs include the Goethe-Institut centers in Germany, which offer four- or eight-week courses. For details, see the German coordinator or the foreign study coordinator in the Center for International Education. 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.

Short-course in Berlin, Germany
The UNH German Program manages a two-week program in January and June in Berlin, Germany. Students earn 4 credits through German 586, designed to give students a short immersion experience in the German language and culture. In the course of two weeks, students will receive forty hours of intensive language instruction at the appropriate level at the BSI Private Language School in central Berlin. Each weekday afternoon, students will gather for cultural excursions and discussions with the on-site UNH faculty member. A required pre- and post-meeting at UNH will prepare for, and give closure to, the Berlin experience. In line with UNH’s goals to educate students to become global citizens, this immersion experience will give students insight into what it means to experience a different culture and language. For more information, contact Mary Rhiel at (603) 862-0063, or visit

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