Academic Catalog

German (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.


Program Requirements

The  master’s degree in German is offered by this department under the following options:

Plan A: Twenty-four credits in course work, plus an eight credit thesis and oral examination

Plan B: Twenty-nine credits in course work, plus a three credit essay and oral examination

Plan C: A minimum of thirty-two credits in course work depending on the Plan of Work. Course work is followed by three written examinations and an oral examination covering graduate studies.

Students planning a teaching career on the college level or intending to continue to the doctoral degree should elect either Plan A or Plan B. Plan C, Language and Culture, is intended primarily for those interested in teaching on the elementary and secondary school levels, or for those with a more general interest in German language and culture.

All students studying for the M.A. in German who have graduate teaching assistantships are required to complete LGL 7850.

Under all Plans, the Graduate School requires a minimum of six credits at the 7000 level or above.

Academic Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Master’s Option in Germany: Students accepted into the German graduate program have the opportunity to earn graduate credit towards a Master of Arts in German while spending two semesters studying at the University of Munich. The opportunity is made possible by the cooperation of the Junior Year in Munich Program, which facilitates the student’s matriculation, registration, and housing in Munich.

All students must first be admitted to the German graduate program before they will be considered eligible to participate in this option. Students already enrolled are eligible to participate upon successful completion of sixteen graduate credits within the department with a grade of ‘B’ or better, approval of the M.A. Plan of Work, and/or the approval of the graduate advisor. Students who wish to spend their first year of graduate study in Munich must complete their studies on the WSU campus in order to receive the M.A. degree. While in Germany the student will complete a minimum of eight credits per semester. WSU credit will be granted only for those classes approved in advance by the graduate advisor and for which the student has earned benotete Scheine (graded certificate).

For further details and requirements, see the German M.A. advisor.

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