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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: No

Course work in German Studies aims at the development of proficiency in the German language and familiarizes students with the literature and cultural history of German-speaking peoples. Courses are also available for students interested in business German and film studies.

Students are strongly encouraged to do interdisciplinary work in such areas as history and film.

The major consists of 30 hours of course work, including:
  • at least three advanced GER and/or GEW 4000–level courses (nine hours) with course work in German
  • at least two of GER 3234, GER 3401, GER 3402, GEW 3100 and 3101 (six hours)
  • additional elective courses in the German Studies curriculum adding up to a total of 30 hours (Note: 1000- and 2000-level courses do not count toward the major.
  • Up to three GET prefix courses in translation can be taken for credit in the major).
  • Up to fifteen 3000/4000-level credits may be transferred from another institution.
  • No more than three credits can be earned in independent studies courses such as GEW 4905.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better for course work to count toward the major.
  • Majors are encouraged to take additional courses in other departments to support and enhance their knowledge of German literature and culture. Double majors are encouraged.

Overseas Study: The department recommends summer programs in Mannheim, Innsbruck, Moscow and Prague and/or the UF junior/senior-year program at the University of Bonn.

General Education: The department offers a broad range of general education courses in language, literature and culture. While many of these courses require a good working knowledge of German or Russian, students interested in fulfilling the general education requirement should take courses taught in English.

Placement: Students without prior German should take the GER 1120 (four credits), GER 1121 (three credits) and GER 1122 (three credits) sequence. An alternative manner of completing the basic language sequence in a single year is by taking Discover German 1125 and 1126 or GER 1130 and 1131 (five credit hours each). The 10 credits fulfill the college's language requirement.

Students with previous training in one of the languages should take a placement test (SAT II).

Entering freshman with SAT II scores in German should refer to the placement chart in the academic advising section of this catalog.

Students with a three or above in a German AP exam or four or above on the IB exam will find UF course equivalents listed in the placement charts in the academic advising section of this catalog. Students can also consult a department adviser for information on appropriate course sequence.

German is a flexible liberal arts major. Students must bear in mind that, with few exceptions (a limited number of GET courses in translation), credits toward the major and minor begin to be counted after completion of intermediate German.

Ordinarily, students will need to have completed GER 2200 by their fifth semester of study at UF in order to be able to complete the German major. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 UF GPA. After three German courses have been taken, students must have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in their German course work to remain on track for the major.

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5

Semester 2:

  • Complete GER 1120, GER 1125, GER 1130 or higher-level German course work

Semester 3:

  • Complete GER 1121, GER 1126 or GER 1131 or higher-level German course work

Semester 4:

  • Complete GER 1122 or maintain higher-level German course work with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work

Semester 5:

  • Complete 1 additional 2000-level German course with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE)3
GER 1120 Beginning German 1 (4) * or
GER 1125 Discover German 1(5) or
GER 1130 Beginning Intensive German 1 (5)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Physical Sciences (GE)3
Total 13 -14
Semester 2Credits
GER 1121 Beginning German 2 or
GER 1126 Discover German 2 or
GER 1131 Beginning Intensive German 2 (5)
Mathematics (GE)3
Composition (GE–C)3
Electives (or work on a 2nd major)6-3
Total 15-14
Semester 3Credits
GER 1122 Beginning German 33
GET 2000 German Culture and Civilization or
GET 2001 Modern German Culture and Civilization (both GE-H,I)
Biological Sciences (GE)3
Science laboratory (GE–P or B)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Elective (or work on a 2nd major)3
Total 16
Semester 4Credits
GER 2200 Intermediate German 13
3000/4000-level GET course (GE–H)3
Physical Sciences (GE)3
Mathematics (GE)3
Elective (or work on a 2nd major)3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
GER 2240 Intermediate German 23
GEW 3100 Survey of German Literature 1 (GE–H, I)3
GER 3234 Introduction to Reading German Texts3
Biological Sciences (GE)3
Elective (or work on a 2nd major)3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
GER 3401 Advanced German 1 or
GER 3402 Advanced German 2
GEW 3101 Survey of German Literature 2 (GE–H)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Electives (or work on a 2nd major)6
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
GER 3401 Advanced German 1 or
GER 3402 Advanced German 2
4000-level course in German studies3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) (or work on a 2nd major)10
Total 16
Semester 8Credits
Two 4000-level courses in German studies6
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) (or work on a 2nd major)9
Total 15

SAT II, AP or IB scores can indicate an advanced course of study for students with prior study.