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German Literature, Culture and Translation - B.A. Program Requirements PDFDownload to print

Attribute Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  UC 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1 1  
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  GER 11201 Elementary German I (4)    
  GER 11202 Elementary German II (4)    
  GER 21201 Intermediate German I (3)    
  GER 21202 Intermediate German II (3)    
MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (40 credits)   Courses count in major GPA 
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  GER 31201 Intensive German Grammar 3  
  GER 31211 German Composition and Conversation 3  
  GER 31215 German Phonetics and Diction 3  
  GER 31231 Translation Practice: German 1  
  GER 31303 Introduction to German Literature 3  
  GER 31421 German Civilization 3  
  GER 41211 Advanced German Composition and Conversation 3  
WIC/ELR GER 41216 Contemporary German Culture 3 C 3
  GER 41240 Business and Special Texts: German 3  
DG MCLS 21417 Multiculturalism in Today's Germany 3  
  TRST 30230 Approaches to Translation 3  
  Choose from the following: 3  
  MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness (3)    
  MCLS 30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies (3)    
  Choose from the following: Upper-division German electives 6  
  GER 31240 Conversation for Business and Special Purposes: German (3)    
  GER 41095 Special Topics (3)    
  GER 41096 Individual Investigation (3)    
WIC/ELR GER 41230 Advanced Translation Practice: German (3)   C 3
WIC/ELR GER 41330 Twentieth-Century German Authors (3)   C 3
  GER 41332 German Literature by Women (3)    
  GER 41334 The German Novella (3)    
  GER 41335 German Drama (3)    
  GER 41338 German Poetry (3)    
  GER 41340 History of German Literature to 1750 (3)    
  GER 41341 History of German Literature 1750 to the Present (3)    
WIC/ELR GER 41365 Classical German Literature (3)   C 3
  GER 41731 Survey of German Cinema (3)    
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  Kent Core Composition 6  
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5  
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9  
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6  
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7  
  Kent Core Additional 6  
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 4 3  
  College General Requirements (must be Kent Core Social Sciences) 5 3  
  General Electives
Number of general elective credit hours required depends on meeting minimum 120 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division hours.
  1. UC 10097 is not required of transfer students with 25 credits (excluding College Credit Plus) or students age 21+ at time of admission.
  2. Students majoring in German are expected to have some proficiency in German through high school study. Students with previous German study should take the German Placement Test and enroll in the correct course(s) based on their score. Students who have completed three or four years of high school German should see a German major advisor for placement. Student lacking in sufficient major-level proficiency to take the first major courses (GER 31201 and 31211) can reach it by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence (GER 11201, 11202, 21201 and 21202) based on their placement score and high school training.
  3. A minimum C (2.000) grade in one of these courses must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
  4. One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.
  5. One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.


Note: All German Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the German Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in German Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated German faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.


Special Department Note: Some courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are offered on a rotating basis. Rotations and course availability may change at any time. Please see the Department's course offering projections and advising information for assistance with course planning. 


Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, and the German Literature, Culture and Tranlsation major requires Intermediate I and II of the same language.

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.