• Students can spend a semester or a year studying abroad
  • Collaboration to improve teaching is part of being at MTSU
  • High school German can help you earn as much as 12 credit hours

German

Long the language of some of the world’s greatest minds—philosophers, scientists, authors—German has become the language of business throughout the European Union. Even better, since it exists on the same branch of the linguistic family tree as English, German shares many words with its cousin, making the Teutonic tongue easier to learn than most. Many doors are opened by learning this important language.

Make those hours count

If you took German in high school or have otherwise acquired a proficiency in the language, you may take a placement test to determine the appropriate course to enroll in. After successfully completing that course, you will receive credit for all lower-numbered courses—meaning that you might earn three to twelve extra course hours. The placement test is computerized and can be taken on a walk-in basis until the end of the registration/drop-add period. No grade is assigned for credit earned through advanced placement.

A fair exchange

For more than a quarter of a century, MTSU’s German program has conducted an exchange program with the Germersheim branch of Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, which specializes in the study of foreign languages and the training of language teachers, interpreters, and translators. Each year, MTSU sends up to four students to Germersheim for a semester or the entire academic year. Students receive 12 hours of upper level German for each semester.

Germany is the European Union’s #1 economy and the world’s second-largest exporter. When you speak German, you’re speaking the language of business for much of the industrialized world, which in turn means job opportunities abound for the focused, fluent speaker.

Examples include

  • Bilingual customer support
  • College professor
  • Court interpreter
  • Cultural attaché
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service officer
  • High school teacher
  • International account manager
  • Interpreter
  • Proofreader
  • Study abroad program coordinator
  • Translator
  • Travel agent
  • Travel guide

The major in Foreign Languages has four concentrations—FrenchGerman, Japanese, and Spanish—and leads to either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Minors are offered in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Kurdish, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian are available.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Interdisciplinary minors coordinated through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures include Classical Studies, Early Modern European Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistic Studies, and Portuguese Studies.

Students in German can study abroad for a semester or a full year at Johannes-Gutenberg Universität.

Students wishing to teach in elementary and secondary schools need to seek licensure in a foreign language. This requires the equivalent of a major in that language (Spanish, French, or German); FL4500 Introduction to Teaching a Foreign Language; and a minor in Education.

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T).

German (B.A.) German (B.S.) German Teacher Licensure 


Foreign Languages, German Concentration, B.A.

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
615-898-5122
Thomas Heine, program coordinator
Thomas.Heine@mtsu.edu
 

A major in Foreign Languages with a German concentration consists of 35 semester hours (excluding 1010) and must include at least 20 hours of upper-division work. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

Academic Maps

Following are printable, suggested four-year schedules of courses:

Foreign Languages, German, B.A., Academic Map  

Foreign Languages, German (Study Abroad), B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is recommended for this major:

  • HUM 2610

Major Requirements (35 hours)

  • GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German  6 credit hours  (only 3 credit hours counted toward degree)

    GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

 

  • GERM 4000-level 6 credit hours
  • GERM 3000-4000 level 14 credit hours

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (26-29 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, German

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • GERM 1010 - Elementary German I  3 credit hours  AND

    GERM 1010 - Elementary German I

    3 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

  • GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German  6 credit hours  (only 3 hours may be counted for the degree.)

    GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

 

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General elective 3 credit  hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

  • GERM 3000 2 credit hours or an upper-division, 3-hour German elective
  • GERM 3000-4000 level elective 3 credit hours
  • General electives 13 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • GERM 4000-level electives 6 credit hours
  • GERM 3000-4000 level electives 9 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General electives 7 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours


Foreign Languages, German Concentration, B.S.

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
615-898-5122
Thomas Heine, program coordinator
Thomas.Heine@mtsu.edu
 

A major in Foreign Languages with a German concentration consists of 35 semester hours (excluding 1010) and must include at least 20 hours of upper-division work. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

Academic Maps

Following are printable, suggested four-year schedules of courses:

Foreign Languages, German, B.S., Academic Map  

Foreign Languages, German (Study Abroad), B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is recommended for this major:

  • HUM 2610

Major Requirements (35 hours)

  • GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German  6 credit hours  (only 3 credit hours counted toward degree)

    GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

  • GERM 4000-level 6 credit hours
  • GERM electives 14 credit hours

Minor 1 (15-18 hours)

Minor 2 (15-18 hours)

Electives (8-14 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, German

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • GERM 1010 - Elementary German I  3 credit hours  AND

    GERM 1010 - Elementary German I

    3 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

  • GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German  6 credit hours  (only 3 hours may be counted for the degree)

    GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

 

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Minor courses 9 credit hours
  • General elective 1 credit hour

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • GERM 3000 2 credit hours or an upper-division, 3-hour German elective
  • GERM 3000-4000 level elective 3 credit hours
  • General electives 5 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

Senior

  • GERM 4000-level electives 6 credit hours 
  • GERM 3000-4000 level electives 9 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours
  • General electives 2 credit hours

Subtotal: 29 Hours

 


Foreign Languages, German Teacher Licensure, B.S.

Students seeking a license to teach a foreign language in secondary schools (grades 7-12) must complete (1) a major in the language they intend to teach; (2) FL 4500 Introduction to Teaching Foreign Languages; (3) a minor; and (4) the Secondary Education Minor. Each student must pass an oral interview in the target language at the high intermediate level.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Foreign Languages, German Teacher Licensure, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is recommended for this major:

  • HUM 2610

Major Requirements (38 hours)

  • GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German  6 credit hours  (only 3 credit hours counted toward degree)

    GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

  • GERM 4000-level 6 credit hours
  • GERM upper-division electives 14 credit hours
  • FL 4500 - Introduction to Teaching Foreign Languages

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students who plan to teach a foreign language in elementary or secondary schools to a variety of approaches and instructional methods.

Secondary Education Minor (30 hours)

Please see Secondary Education Minor for additional information.

Minor (15 credit hours)

Total hours in program: 124 (15-hour minor)

Curriculum, Foreign Languages, German Teacher Licensure

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • GERM 2010 - Intermediate German I  3 credit hours  (by FLL placement exam or AP)

    GERM 2010 - Intermediate German I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GERM 1020 or advanced placement.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • GERM 3000 - Group Conversational German  1 credit hour credit hours  *

    GERM 3000 - Group Conversational German

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: GERM 1010 and GERM 1020 or permission of instructor. One hour per week of experiences students may expect to encounter in a German-speaking community. Graded Pass/Fail depending on attendance, participation, and progress. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours credit; does not count for the minor.

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • GERM 3000 - Group Conversational German  1 credit hour credit hours  *

    GERM 3000 - Group Conversational German

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: GERM 1010 and GERM 1020 or permission of instructor. One hour per week of experiences students may expect to encounter in a German-speaking community. Graded Pass/Fail depending on attendance, participation, and progress. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours credit; does not count for the minor.

  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • YOED 3300 - Problem-Based Instructional Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for students to develop and present instructional strategies that frame curriculum content in problem-solving contexts. Field experience in a public school setting required.

  • GERM 4000-level elective 6 credit hours
  • GERM 3000-4000 level elective 9 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 34 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • GERM 3000-4000 level elective 3 credit hours
  • FL 4500 - Introduction to Teaching Foreign Languages

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students who plan to teach a foreign language in elementary or secondary schools to a variety of approaches and instructional methods.

  • YOED 4030 - Residency I: Grades 7-12

    9 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 with a grade of B or better; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.5; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

 

NOTE:

*An upper-division, 3-hour German elective can be taken in the place of these 2 hours.

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German

GERM 1010 - Elementary German I
3 credit hours

A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

GERM 1020 - Elementary German II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: GERM 1010 or advanced placement.

GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German
6 credit hours

A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

GERM 2010 - Intermediate German I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: GERM 1020 or advanced placement.

GERM 2020 - Intermediate German II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: GERM 2010 or advanced placement.

GERM 3000 - Group Conversational German
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: GERM 1010 and GERM 1020 or permission of instructor. One hour per week of experiences students may expect to encounter in a German-speaking community. Graded Pass/Fail depending on attendance, participation, and progress. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours credit; does not count for the minor.

GERM 3010 - Advanced Composition and Conversation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: GERM 2020 or advanced placement.

GERM 3020 - Advanced Composition and Conversation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: GERM 2020 or advanced placement.

GERM 3030 - Business German
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: GERM 2020 or equivalent, plus either GERM 3010 or GERM 3020. A foundation course offering linguistic skills necessary to conduct business in German settings.

GERM 3040 - Intensive Conversational German
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: GERM 2010 or equivalent.

GERM 3050 - Survey of German Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Intermediate German or permission of instructor. Covers the history of German culture through the eighteenth century. (GERM 3060 deals with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.)

GERM 3060 - Survey of German Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Intermediate German or permission of instructor. Deals with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (GERM 3050 covers the history of German culture through the eighteenth century.)

GERM 3070 - Applied German
3 credit hours

Substitutes for GERM 2020. Deals with specialized vocabularies (e.g., business, electronics, economics, music). Extensive readings in the student's area of specialization and practical experience in drafting letters, outlines, reports, etc.

GERM 3080 - Introduction to German Literary Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: GERM 3010 or GERM 3020. A foundation course emphasizing concepts and vocabulary fundamental to the study of German literature, techniques of literary analysis, and practice in literary analysis and research; preparation for 4000-level courses.  

GERM 3910 - Study Abroad
12 credit hours

Prerequisites: Completion of Intermediate German or equivalent with B average or higher; declared major or minor in German; approval of Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. Semester enrolled at Johannes Gutenberg Universitat, Fachbereich der angewandten Sprachwissenschaften, in Germersheim, Germany, studying German language, literature, and culture. May be repeated once.

GERM 3970 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academic experiences. Students participate in professional growth seminars. Requirements of the department must be completed to receive credit.

GERM 3980 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academic experiences. Students participate in professional growth seminars. Requirements of the department must be completed to receive credit.

GERM 4010 - Topics in German Literature and Culture
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: GERM 3010 and GERM 3020. Topics will vary; may be repeated with different topic.

GERM 4020 - German Literature: 1725-1880
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 6 hours German beyond intermediate level or permission of instructor.

GERM 4030 - German Literature: 1880 to Present
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 6 hours German beyond intermediate level or permission of instructor.

GERM 4900 - Directed Study in German Literature and Culture
1 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisites: 15 hours of German or permission of instructor. Individualized intensive reading in primary and secondary sources relating to a specific topic in German literature or culture. Arrangements must be made with instructor prior to registration.

GERM 4990 - German for Reading Knowledge
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to the College of Graduate Studies or permission of the instructor. For graduate students seeking proficiency in reading German for research purposes. Open to undergraduates seeking to prepare for graduate study. Will not count toward a major or minor in German.

Year or Semester At Johannes Gutenberg Universität (Germersheim)

History of the Program

Since 1988 the German Section has conducted an exchange program with the Germersheim branch of Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, which specializes in the study of foreign languages and the training of language teachers, interpreters and translators. Currently, we are authorized to send four students to Germersheim for the entire academic year, or the equivalent. (Two students who paricipate for only one semester count as only one of the four avaliable positions.)

Eligibility

Any full-time MTSU student who can demonstrate proficiency in the German language equivalent to the successful completion of German 2020, and who has an overall GPA of 3.0, is eligible to apply. Participants are selected by the German faculty from eligible applicants on the basis of their command of German and their overall academic achievement. In general, students pursuing a major in German are given preference over those minoring in the language; students minoring in German are given perference over all other applicants. Others should notice, however, that applicants who are majoring or minoring in German seldom claim all available positions.

Course Credit, Fees, and Expenses

A participating student enrolls in German 390 (12 hours credit per semester) and pays MTSU fees as a full-time student. Since the students remains officially enrolled at MTSU, eligibility for financial aid is not affected and the loss of credit often associated with transfer credit are avoided. Johannes-Gutenberg Universität does not collect fees from MTSU exchange students but does charge rent (currently ca. $180 per month) for housing in one of the new dormitories. The student is reponsible for travel to and from Germersheim and living expenses incurred while in Germany. While enrolled, the student attends regular classes in Germersheim.

How to Apply

The applicants should complete an application form and submit to Dr. Michael Rice, along with an essay of no fewer than 300 words in German explaining why he or she wishes to study in Germany.

On Being Accepted in the Program

Although the MTSU German faculty selects MTSU participants, you will need to collect the following to for transmission to Germersheim:

  • a photocopy of your high school diploma;
  • an MTSU student transcript
  • four passport photos (photocopies are acceptable)
  • curriculum vitae in German (just a listing of where studied what, and the dates)

The above items should be taken to Dr. Michael Rice who will help you fill out Germersheim's "Antrag auf Zulassung zum Studium".

Interested students should contact:

Dr. Michael Rice
Office: BDA 324
MTSU Box 79
Telephone: 904-8591
E-Mail: mrice@mtsu.edu

The KIIS program

Please visit the official website at www.kiis.org.

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Thomas Heine
tom.heine@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5122
Fax | 615-898-5735

JaNet Davis (A-K)
JaNet.Davis@mtsu.edu
615-494-7651 | JH 117

Yuchun Schmidt (L-Z)
Yuchun.Schmidt@mtsu.eduu
615-494-7753 | JH 108

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Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 79
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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