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German Studies Minor

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits in this minor: 32
This is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Division of the Humanities. The program is administered by the German studies coordinator and the chair of the Division of Humanities. The German studies curriculum includes the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries. The courses are designed to promote a global perspective by encouraging students to take a close look at another culture and in this way become aware of both the diversity and similarity among all people. The courses satisfy general education and minor requirements and prepare students for graduate study and future careers. Objectives--In the core courses for the German studies minor, students develop a number of skills in German--including comprehension and speaking, and reading and writing--which prepare them to communicate effectively in German about everyday situations, literature, and culture. On all levels, students gain an awareness of the structure of languages and facility with the German idiom, enabling them to read and write reports and papers. In literature courses, students learn aesthetic appreciation through the interpretation of texts and to organize their thoughts for effective argumentation. Elective courses in German studies give students an interdisciplinary perspective, complementing the core courses in German with courses in history, art history, architecture, economics, music, film, and other fields relevant to German culture. Study abroad is strongly recommended to increase fluency and proficiency in the German language. The German studies program prepares its graduates for careers in business, history, political science, medicine, music, art history, psychology, philosophy, theology, and law, among others. Several courses in the natural sciences, if supplemented with readings in German, may also be applied toward the German studies minor. Study Abroad In light of today's increasingly interdependent world, the UMM German faculty strongly encourages study abroad in combination with a German Studies major or minor, as the most effective means by which to: * improve language abilities * broaden academic horizons * globalize one's world view * expand career opportunities * advance cross-cultural and problem-solving skills * gain confidence in oneself personally and professionally Study in Austria and Germany--Students interested in a foreign study experience may spend a semester or a full year in Berlin (Humboldt University), Vienna (Center for Central European Studies), or Freiburg (University of Freiburg) through the Institute of European Studies. Language prerequisites vary for individual programs. Internships are available at all of them. Through the Learning Abroad Center, students may also participate in bilateral exchanges to Austria and Karl Franzens University in Graz and with the University of Salzburg.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
GER 2001 - Intermediate German I [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 2002 - Intermediate German II: German Culture and Civilization [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 2011 - German Conversation and Composition [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 3011 - Readings in German [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 3101 - Survey of German Literature and Culture I [HUM] (4.0 cr)
GER 3102 - Survey of German Literature and Culture II [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Selection of Elective Courses
Other elective courses, not listed below, may be appropriate to add depth and provide more theoretical context for the German studies coursework (requires written approval of the course instructor and the program coordinator). At least 4 of the 8 elective credits must be upper division German courses or in courses where some work is done in German (3xxx-4xxx German or Partial German Electives).
Elective Courses
Courses listed under the "3xxx-4xxx German and Partial German Electives" heading that are outside of the German discipline (e.g., ARTH 3132) require written approval of the course instructor and the program coordinator prior to registration.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
3xxx-4xxx German and Partial German Electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3101 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3111 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals [FA] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3041 - New German Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3201 - Periods: German Classicism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3202 - Periods: German Romanticism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3203 - Periods: German Modernism [IP] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3601 - Studies in German Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3611 - Austrian Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3101 - Renaissance and Reformation [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3204 - Nazi Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3209 - Modern Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· German-related Content Electives
Exclusive of those used above
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 1121 - Renaissance to Modern Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ECON 3009 - Political Economy [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ECON 3211 - History of Economic Thought I [HIST] (2.0 cr)
· ECON 3212 - History of Economic Thought II [HIST] (2.0 cr)
· ENGL 3444 - Holocaust Literature and Film [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2103 - Medieval Europe [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3101 - Renaissance and Reformation [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3204 - Nazi Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3209 - Modern Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4002 - Existentialism [HIST] (4.0 cr)
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