Minor in German Studies

Have an interest in German language and culture? A Minor in German Studies may serve as an accompaniment to any major at MSOE. When you finish your minor, you’ll have solid communications skills in German and a strong understanding of German culture and history. Fluency in a foreign language and an understanding of different cultures is especially attractive to prospective employers who may do business with Germany and other countries overseas.

General Requirements

To receive the Minor in German Studies, a student’s cumulative grade point average for required coursework within this discipline must be at least 2.00.
At least 12 of the credits to be applied toward the German Studies Minor must be earned at MSOE.

Native German speakers are ineligible for the German Studies Minor. Students who have attended German immersion schools for more than five years are also ineligible.

Courses

Total required credits vary from 18 to 24, depending upon your German language proficiency upon entering the course of study. For more questions, please contact the minor coordinator below.

Required Courses:

HU-410G German I
HU-411G German II
HU-412G German III
HU-413G German IV
HU-414G German V
HU-406G German Literature

Approved Courses:

SS-415G German Culture
HU-449 German History
SS-458 Contemporary European Society and Government

Credit for High School Work

A student who has had four years of high school German AND has received a 4 or 5 in AP German will receive credit for German I (HU-410G) and German II (HU-411G). German III (HU-412G) will be waived. To earn the minor, this student is required to take the entire second-tier intermediate sequence and three third-tier HU/SS electives.

A student who has had four years of high school German has the option of testing out of German III (HU-412G). To test out, a student can take a proficiency exam through the General Studies Department. This student must receive a score of 81% or above to be excused from taking German I, II and III. Although excused from these courses, this student would not receive credit for taking these courses. The student excused from the first-tier beginning sequence is required to take the entire second-tier intermediate sequence and three third-tier HU/SS electives.

If a student does not test out of German III and has had four years of high school German, he/she is required to take German III (HU-412G) of the first-tier beginning sequence, the entire second-tier intermediate sequence and three third-tier HU/SS electives.

A student who has had three years of high school German is required to take German III (HU-412G) of the first-tier beginning sequence, the entire second-tier intermediate sequence, and three third-tier HU/SS electives.

A student who has had two years of high school German is required to take German II and III (HU-411G and -412G) of the first-tier beginning German sequence, the entire second-tier intermediate sequence, and three third-tier HU/SS electives.

A student who has had 0-1 year of high school German is required to take the entire first-tier beginning German sequence, the entire second-tier intermediate sequence and two third-tier HU/SS electives.

Coordinator:

Dr. Carma Stahnke
Associate Professor
stahnke@msoe.edu

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