Requirements for the Major and Minor in German Language (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 GER Program Coordinator if they believe the recommended course is inappropriate.

Requirements for the Major 

The major in German Language 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.

Students not enrolled in the German Teacher Preparation program must complete a minor in Linguistics, History or another discipline approved by the German major advisor. The elective courses with the required minor should be pre-approved by with the German major advisor. Among the courses for the minor, 12 credits must be on the upper-division level in a discipline other than GER.

Students enrolled in the German Teacher Preparation Program must earn the equivalent of at least 33 (preferrably 36) credits in GER content courses. To accomplish this, teacher preparation students should complete at least 13 (preferably at least 16) GER credits at one of the SUNY partner universities in Germany. These credits will substitute for GER 313, GER 438, and GER 439 and two HUG requirements above.  Students should consult with the German advisor and the teacher education program advisor.

Completion of the major requires 47-48 credits.

A. Required courses:

  1. GER 211, GER 212 Intermediate German I, II  (see Note 1)
  2. GER 311, GER 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
  3. GER 313 German Vocabulary in Conceptual Groups* 
  4. GER 438 Structure of German* (see Note 2)
  5. GER 439 History of German* (see Note 3)  
  6. HUG 221 German Cinema since 1945*
  7. HUG 229 Germany Today*

*Students who are enrolled in the Teacher Preparation program or students who choose to participate in a Study Abroad program at one of the SUNY partner universities in Germany may use credits earned through study abroad to substitute for GER 313, GER 438, and GER 439 and two HUG requirements above (with permission of the German advisor).    

B. Second Discipline (choose one of the following options)

  • A minor in Linguistics, History or another discipline approved by the German major advisor. The elective courses selected for the required minor should be pre-approved by with the German major advisor. Among the courses for the minor, 12 credits must be on the upper-division level in a subject other than GER.

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  • A second major in an appropriate area (Linguistics, History or other discipline approved by the German advisor).

Note 1: The prerequisite for GER 211 is GER 101 or GER 112
Note 2: Students who complete the LIN minor can request a waiver of GER 438 with permission from the German major advisor. Credits must be made up in other courses, chosen in consultation with the major advisor. 
Note 3: Students who complete LIN 340 Historical Linguistics (prerequisite LIN 101 and 201) may request a waiverf of GER 439 with permission from the German major advisor. Credits must be made up in other courses, chosen in consultation with the major advisor.  

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

To demonstrate proficiency in writing in English, German majors must must register for the 0-credit GER 459 and 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 GER 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.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Foreign Language Secondary Teacher Education Program

See http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/academicprograms/edu/degreesandrequirements.php . Students enrolled in the German Teacher Preparation Program must earn the equivalent of at least 33 (preferrably 36) credits in GER content courses. To accomplish this, teacher preparation students should complete at least 13 (preferably at least 16) GER credits at one of the SUNY partner universities in Germany. These credits will substitute for GER 313, GER 438, and GER 439 and two HUG requirements above.  Students should consult with the German advisor and the teacher education program advisor.  

Requirements for the Minor

A German minor is available for students majoring in other disciplines.

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. 

1.   GER 211, GER 212 Intermediate German I, II (see Note 1) 
2.   GER 311, GER 312 German Conversation and Composition I, II
3.   GER 313 German Vocabulary in Conceptual Groups
4.   GER 438 Structure of German
5.   GER 439 History of German

Note 1: The prerequisite for GER 211 is GER 101 or GER 112.
Note 2: One HUG course can be substituted for a course in 3-5.