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German Major Guide for 2008-2009

What is German

Understanding the complexities of today’s world and the value of international relationships requires knowledge of both current realities and timeless cultural traditions. A major in German therefore combines thorough language training and the study of all aspects of German life and culture. The Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures is dedicated to producing well-trained, liberally educated German graduates who are prepared either to go on to graduate training to become language professionals or to use their language skills and understanding of the cultures and literatures of the German-speaking countries in such other fields as business, engineering, architecture, law, and just about any area in the social sciences or humanities.

You Should Consider a German Major if You

  • Are fascinated by other cultures;
  • Would like a career with an international component;
  • Enjoy learning and speaking foreign languages;
  • Like to travel; and
  • Are open to viewing yourself and your culture from different perspectives.

Career Opportunities in German

Germany is a world leader in science, and there are strong commercial ties between the German-speaking countries and the United States. Because there are many opportunities for professional exchange and work abroad, combining the study of German with another field can lead to fascinating international career prospects. The ability to speak, read, and write with precision in a second language is an increasingly desirable skill in the United States. Having a major in German helps open doors in many different professions. Some of these opportunities are obvious—teaching, translation, and interpreting—but there are many others in areas like journalism, international business, engineering or law, as well as in the Foreign Service and in the travel-industry.

In addition, a job applicant with study-abroad experience on his or her resume attracts an employer’s attention because studying abroad demonstrates adaptability and resourcefulness.

Salary Trends in German

A degree in arts and sciences prepares students for many types of careers. Your college major is not necessarily the deciding factor in your career choice. As with any degree, pre-professional experience (for example, volunteering, work experience, and internships) increases your chances of obtaining the job you want and affects your potential salary. As a group, graduates in arts and sciences average an annual starting salary of $33,258 (www.careerbuilder.com).

High School Preparation

To begin classes in the German major as a freshman, you will need high school German language classes, and classes in history and literature are recommended. Studying languages other than German is also helpful. Travel or study abroad has proved to be good preparation for future experiences with other cultures.

How to Major in German

German 201–202 or the equivalent is a prerequisite to the major in German.
A student majoring in German may choose among the following four concentrations:

  • Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • Honors
  • Language and World Business (L&WB)

A number of students combine a major in German with a major in another field. While working on a major in German, many students choose to spend a semester or two in a German-speaking country to increase their fluency. During such extended study abroad periods, students usually earn credits toward their degree program at UT while they increase their understanding of their own culture’s role in a rapidly evolving global culture and economy. Students interested in a German major should contact an undergraduate advisor in German as soon as possible to plan a program of study tailored to their individual needs and interests and to discuss study abroad opportunities.

Requirements for German

The Four Concentrations of the German Major
Please note that the following applies to all concentrations of the German Major: German 331 and 332 do not count toward the major in German, and in order to graduate, majors are required to take a proficiency test in German

Language and Literature Concentration
The language and literature concentration consists of at least 30 hours of German in courses numbered above 300, including 301-302 and 3 hours chosen from German 323, 350, 363 or 415.

German Studies Concentration
The German studies concentration is designed for students who would like to focus on German-speaking countries from a comprehensive cultural perspective. The four components of the German studies concentration are

  • Command of the German language;
  • Knowledge of cultural achievements (art, music, philosophy, poetry, fiction, religion, theatre) of German-speaking peoples;
  • Knowledge of the political, social, and cultural history of German-speaking countries; and
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary institutions in German-speaking countries.

This concentration consists of 36 hours, distributed as follows.

  • Language - Any four from German 311, 312, 411, 412, 435, 485.
  • Literature, Culture, Arts - Any four from Art History 441; German 301, 302, 305, 323, 350, 363, 415, 416, 419, 420, 431, 432, 433, 434; Musicology 400, 420, 430; Philosophy 324, 326, 353, 370, 395; Religious Studies 385, 411.
  • History - At least one from German 436; History 315, 323, 334, 335, 471, 472, 484.
  • Contemporary Institutions - At least one from Geography 340; German 363.
  • Additional Courses - Two additional courses from the above history and contemporary institutions lists.

Honors Concentration
The honors concentration consists of at least 32 hours of German in courses numbered above 300. Students must have at least 12 hours of honors courses, including German 477 or 478 with a grade of B+ or better, and a senior honors project (German 497) directed by a faculty member. Students may sign up for honors-by-contract courses in German in order to fulfill the 12 hours of honors courses required for the honors concentration of the German major.
The senior honors project (German 497), to be approved by the German honors committee, will encompass both, a written essay or portfolio and an oral presentation to the German faculty, and it must be completed with a grade of B+ or higher during the last 30 hours of coursework. German honors students will also complete a study abroad experience in a German-speaking country.
To be admitted to the honors program, students must present a cumulative grade point average in German major courses of at least 3.50 and have an overall GPA of not less than 3.25. Students should apply for admission to the honors program at the end of their junior year. Application forms are available in the department office. Since courses taken abroad are not calculated in the overall average, the department reserves the right to make a judgment on the appropriateness of a study abroad curriculum for acceptance as honors work and to require other 400-level courses as a condition for the degree.

Language & World Business Concentration
Students who wish to prepare for careers in international business may complete a special major in German a professional with an emphasis in international business, international retail merchandising, or international agricultural economics, and some form of practical experience related to the concentration. Admission is by permission of the program director.
Due to the extensive and multidisciplinary coursework required by the language and world business concentration major, students are permitted to use three courses from the concentration major to fulfill College of Arts and Sciences Basic Skills and Distribution requirements. These courses include Statistics 201 (toward fulfilling the Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning requirement), Economics 201 (toward fulfilling the Social Science requirement), and one course toward fulfilling the Humanities List A-Literature requirement or the Upper Level Distribution List B-Foreign Studies requirement.
Students interested in the language and world business program should contact the director for advising as early as possible in their college careers. The academic record presented will be assessed by the Director of Language and World Business. Minimum requirements for entrance and progression to the major are a 2.75 cumulative average in all courses, and a 3.00 average in language courses. Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures 199 is a prerequisite for the program. Program standards are adjusted periodically, and current requirements are available from the Director of the Language and World Business Program.

  • Language Requirement [German Major] (30 hours) German 301, 302, 311, 312, 323 or 363, 485; 3 hours of 490, 491 or 493; and 3 courses numbered 320 or above.
  • Professional Emphasis (pick one of the following 3 options):
    International Business (26 hours) - Accounting 200, Economics 201, Business Administration 201, Statistics 201, Finance 301, Marketing 300, Economics 322, and Management 472. All upper-division (300 level or above) coursework must be taken at the University of Tennessee unless otherwise approved by College of Business Administration and the Director of the Language and World Business program. Students are responsible for meeting all prerequisites for business courses. (For instance, Mathematics 125 or 141 is a prerequisite to Statistics 201.) Students should consult their catalogs and advisors to ensure that all prerequisites are met.
    International Retail Merchandising (26 hours) - Accounting 200; Business Administration 201; Marketing 300, Retail and Consumer Sciences 210, 310, 421; and 6 additional credit hours from Retail and Consumer Sciences 410, 411, 412, 415, 493. Students are responsible for meeting all prerequisites for business courses. Students should consult their catalogs and advisors to ensure that all prerequisites are met.
    International Agricultural Economics (25 hours) - Accounting 200; Business Administration 201; Agricultural Economics 320, 342, 350, 420, 430; and 3 credit hours from the following Marketing 300; Management 300, 472; Finance 301. Students are responsible for meeting all prerequisites for business courses. Students should consult their catalogs and advisors to ensure that all prerequisites are met.
  • Practical Experience - Each language and world business student must undertake an internship (490), study abroad (491), or a relevant research project (493) for a minimum of 3 hours (included in major requirements). Additionally, language and world business students must consult an advisor in the department in selecting relevant courses under the basic skills and distribution requirements for the college. For further information, inquire at 701 McClung Tower.

Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships

The Language and World Business Program of the Modern Foreign Languages Department sponsors co-ops and internships for students, both in the U.S. and abroad. Contact the head of the LWB program for more information (http://web.utk.edu/~mfll/lwb/default.html).

Examples of other special (non-study option) programs that may of interest to students majoring in German include:

Please note different levels of language proficiency may be required to participate for each of these programs.

Students who are interested in internship opportunities in Germany may be particularly interested in the direct exchange program with the Berufsakademie Mannheim (Germany) which combines studying in Germany during the fall semester with the possibility of a paid internship with an employer in Baden-Württemberg in the spring semester.

Highlights of German

The German program regularly holds three-day German-immersion weekends to give students a chance to plunge themselves into a German-language environment while engaging in fun activities like hiking, sports, games, and so on. The weekly Stammtisch (“German table”) gives students another opportunity to practice German regularly outside the classroom. The German program also organizes a German film series and brings renowned guest speakers to our campus. Many of these special cultural attractions are made possible in part through the Cobble Fund, an endowment designated for enriching undergraduate studies in German at UT.

The German program holds initiation twice a year for Delta Phi Alpha, the German honor society, and it honors exceptional students by bestowing these German awards at the end of each spring semester: Harris, Kind, Osborne, Shockley, Wunderlich, and Nordsieck.

Ready for the World logoReady for the World

You may study German abroad to fulfill general education requirements any time after your freshman year. For students who intend to complete a German major, the best time to study abroad would be after the completion of two 300-level courses taught in German at UTK. Most students typically go abroad after completing 60 hours of undergraduate work, but seniors should not hesitate to go as well. Participating in an officially recognized UTK study abroad program is viewed as “work at UT” and through petition satisfies the requirement that the final 30 hours of work be done at UT.

UT offers the following faculty-led study abroad option for students of German: Students will complete a component of German 416 (“Metropolis Revisited”), an interdisciplinary 4- credit-hour course by spending the mini-term in Berlin.

There are many other study abroad opportunities associated with the German program at UTK, including the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) run by the UT Center for International Education. Participants in the ISEP program spend at least one semester in a German-speaking country, pay UT tuition, and receive transfer credit in consultation with their German professors at UT. Participating partner institutions include the Universität Bonn, the Philipps-Universität inMarburg, the Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig. To find out more about study-abroad opportunities in Germany and Austria go to http://web.utk.edu/~globe/pao/programs/ and/or contact Noah Rost in the UT Study Abroad Office at (865) 974-3177.

Fall 2008 marks the beginning of a new direct exchange program between the University of Tennessee and the Berufsakademie Mannheim (Germany) for undergraduate students who plan to major in German. Students who participate in this exchange program will spend an entire academic year in Germany: They will study at the Berufsakademie Mannheim during the fall semester, and they will then be offered the opportunity to complete a paid internship with an employer in Baden-Württemberg during the spring semester.

Learn more about UT's Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today's world.

Sample Curriculum

Freshman Year Credit Hours
English Composition 6
*German 101, 102 6
Natural Science Lab Sequence 8
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 6-8
Social Science 3
General Elective 0-2
Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Non-US History Sequence 6
Natural Science 3
*German 201, 202 6
Humanities 6
Social Sciences 6
German (major) 3
Junior Year Credit Hours
German (major) 15
Humanities 3
Upper Level Distribution 6
Communicating Orally 3
Social Sciences 3
Senior Year Credit Hours
German (major) 12
German (major if German Studies concentration) 0-6
Upper Division Electives 6
Communicating Through Writing 3
General Electives 2-8
GRAND TOTAL (minimum) 120

* Students may complete the major faster by taking 1st- year intensive German (the 6-credit-hour combined course German 101–102) in the fall semester, and by taking   2nd- year intensive German (the 6-credit-hour combined course German 201–202) in the spring semester.

For More Information

Dr. David Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies in German
701 McClung Tower
(865) 974-7158
(865) 974-2311 [main office]
E-Mail: dlee@utk.edu
http://web.utk.edu/~mfll/german/default.html

 

Note

The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.