Requirements for the Major and Minor in German Language and Literature (GER)

Placement in Language Courses for Incoming Students

The prerequisites for courses indicate approximate placement levels. One year of high school foreign language is generally considered the equivalent of one college semester. Students are advised to consult the director of undergraduate studies if they believe the recommended course is inappropriate.

Requirements for the Major

The major in German Language and Literature leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No previous knowledge of the language is required. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.  Transfer students must complete at least 18 credits toward the major at Stony Brook.

Completion of the major requires 36 credits.
1. HUG 229 Germany Today
2. GER 343 Introduction to Literary Genres
3. GER 344 Survey of German Literature
4. GER 311, GER 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
5. GER 313 German Vocabulary in Conceptual Groups
6. GER 438 Structure of German
7. GER 439 History of German
8. 12 additional credits to be chosen from among: GER 401 or higher; HUG 221, HUG 321; HIS 311, HIS 312; MVL 241; or POL 307
9. Upper-division writing requirement: To demonstrate proficiency in writing in English, German majors must present a dossier consisting of a minimum of two papers of at least five pages each. This dossier must be submitted before the end of the second semester of the junior year to the program coordinator. The papers must be essays previously composed for upper-division courses. Those originally in a foreign language must be rewritten in English. A faculty committee will judge the papers for clarity, accuracy, and appropriateness of style.

If the dossier is judged to be unsatisfactory, the student will be asked to rewrite and resubmit the work in the senior year. Students must demonstrate acceptable writing skills before they graduate.

Foreign Language Secondary Teacher Education Program

See the Education and Teacher Certifi­cation entry in the degrees and requirements section.

Requirements for the Minor

For students majoring in other disciplines, a German minor, below, is available with two choices of emphasis. Students must complete Emphasis A or Emphasis B.

All upper-division courses in German offered to fulfill minor requirements below must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least nine of the upper-division credits must be earned at Stony Brook.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. Emphasis on German Language and Literature
1. HUG 229 Germany Today
2. GER 343 Introduction to Literary Genres
3. GER 344 Survey of German Literature
4. GER 311, 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
5. GER 313 German Vocabulary in Conceptual Groups
6. GER 438 Structure of German

B. Emphasis on German Language and Area Studies
1. HUG 229 Germany Today
2. GER 311, 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
3. GER 438 Structure of German
4. POL 307 Politics in Germany
5. HIS 311 The Rise of Imperial Germany, 1806-1890
6. HIS 312 From Empire to Third Reich: Germany, 1890-1945

Honors Program in German

To be eligible, majors must have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.00 and a g.p.a. of 3.50 in German through the junior year. An eligible student, with the approval of a faculty member who will serve as thesis advisor, must submit a written thesis proposal to the Department's honors committee. Students selected enroll in GER 495 for the semester in which the thesis is written. The thesis is evaluated by the thesis advisor, another member of the Department, and a third reader from outside the Department. For further information and deadlines for submission, consult the director of undergraduate studies.