Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary German Studies

SUMMARY OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701  (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are GER 3096  and GER 4296 .
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • Distribution Requirement for Humanities majors: Six upper level credits must be earned in the Social Science, Science, and/or interdisciplinary subject areas. Select from the following CLA departments and programs: Africology & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience (CLA), Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major department.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    •  Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • The language requirements of the German major exceed the minimum College of Liberal Arts requirements; no additional coursework is necessary for this requirement.
    • Notes on Foreign Language Study
      • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
      • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
      • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements: Ten courses in German (30 credits/10 Courses)

Prerequisites: GER 1001 and GER 1002 , with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent placement.

Course levels are incremental in skills and content. Courses must be taken sequentially or in some instances may be taken concurrently. Students who initially place beyond GER 1003 may begin with GER 2001  or speak to a faculty advisor about placement.

GER 1003Introduction to German III3
GER 2001Intermediate3
GER 3096Composition I3
GER 4296Composition II3
Two elective courses numbered 2000 or higher must be taken in the German Department (German must be the language of instruction).6
Four elective courses numbered 2000 or higher. English may be the language of instruction in all four of these electives; at least two of these must be taken in the German Department. Two courses may be taken in other disciplines with written approval of the German faculty advisor.12
Total Credit Hours30

Distinction in Major

To be considered for Distinction in the Interdisciplinary German Studies Major, students must:

  • Complete the requirements for the concentration in German with a GPA of at least 3.50;
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.25;
  • Be recommended to the chair of the department by the German faculty advisor after consultation with the German department faculty. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary German Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
GER 1001Introduction to German I4
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GER 1002Introduction to German II4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life3
GenEd Breadth Courses9
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
GER 1003Introduction to German III3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good3
GenEd Breadth Courses6
CLA/CST Elective numbered 0800-49992
Free Elective in any school or college2
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
GER 2001Intermediate3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective in any school or college3
CLA/CST 2000+ Courses6
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GER 3096Composition I3
German 2000+ Elective (German must be the language of instruction)3
German 2000+ Elective (may be taught in English)3
2000+ Distribution in CLA Social Sciences or CST3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
German 2000+ Elective (German must be the language of instruction)3
German 2000+ Elective (may be taught in English)3
Elective in German or, with advisor approval, a German-related discipline numbered 2000-49993
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
2000+ Distribution in CLA Social Sciences or CST3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Elective in German or, with advisor approval, a German-related discipline numbered 2000-49993
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Electives6
CLA/CST 2000+ Course6
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GER 4296Composition II3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective9
Elective(s) in any school or college - any level3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123