Reflecting Wayne State University's overall mission of "preparing students to excel in an increasingly advanced and interconnected global society," the B.A. in German within the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures focuses on the following four interrelated goals. They are intended to educate students as citizens in a global world and to prepare them for future careers in the private and public sector.
- The achievement of German language proficiency at the Advanced Low to Advanced High level, according to the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency guidelines. This corresponds to the B2-C1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines.
- The acquisition of diverse knowledges in breadth and depth with regard to German language and literature, culture and society from the Germanic beginnings to the present with a concentration in the 20th and 21st centuries
- The attainment of intercultural competencies through study and research abroad as well as through internships, both abroad and in the Detroit metropolitan area
- The development of transferable critical-analytical, interpretive, and information-literacy skills
Students should refer to the CMLLC program requirements for admission, degree, and general education requirements. A major in German must satisfactorily complete a minimum of thirty-one credits in German courses, that include:
|Everyday Encounters in Language and Culture|
|Engaging Historical Moments|
|Exploring Modern Identities|
|English Language Requirements||9|
|Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution: Transitional Moments in German Culture and History|
Electives (select one course from two of the following categories)
|History of the Holocaust|
or HIS 5480
Textual Analysis in the Context of Global Literature:
|Understanding the Fairy Tale|
or GLS 2700
|Introduction to Global Stories|
|Advanced German Sequence (select two of the following) 1||6|
|Products, Perspectives, and Practices of Culture|
|Advanced Rhetoric and Composition|
|German Translation Studies|
|Advanced Textual and Cultural Analysis (select two of the following) 2||6|
|Cultural Studies and Criticism|
|Texts and Contexts Since 1945|
|Topics in German Studies|
|Literature and Cultures of Minorities|
|Internship in German Studies|
|Foreign Language Instruction|
One course in this sequence must be taken at the main Wayne State campus in Detroit, MI.
One of the two courses selected to satisfy this requirement must be taught in German.
Majors are strongly encouraged to pursue a co-major, double major or minor, and/or to take general education and elective courses in related fields, such as: anthropology, art history, economics, engineering, English or another language area, film studies, gender, sexuality and women's studies, geography, global supply chain management, history, international studies, linguistics, political science, social work, sociology, and theater.