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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Liberal Arts


German (GERM)


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Professor: Edward T. Larkin, Nancy Lukens
Associate Professor: Roger S. Brown, Mary E. Rhiel
Lecturer: Johannes T. Frank

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 are also 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 on 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.

A minor consists of 5 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 transferal of credits. Students may also 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. For intensive language study at any level, students may attend Goethe-Institut centers in Germany for one or more four or eight-week courses. For details, see the foreign study coordinator, Center for International Education, or the German coordinator. 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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