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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog


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

The German Studies major is not limited to knowing the language, but instead helps the student achieve multiple literacies. In the German Studies major, the study of language merges with the study of culture, including:
  • The works of German literature, as well as the culture and civilization from the Middle Ages through the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century;
  • German cinema;
  • The writings of ethnic minorities in German-speaking countries;
  • The terminology of business, economics and the European Union; and
  • Summer studies or full-semester studies at a German or Austrian university.

The German Studies major is also linked to the international context: by acquiring proficiency in the German language, students learn the most widely spoken language in Europe and join a community of more than 130 million speakers of German around the world.

For many students, the German Studies curriculum is an enriching discovery of their own past: More than 60 million Americans are at least partly of German heritage; more Americans can trace their ancestry to Germany than to any other foreign country, and since the middle of the twentieth century more Americans have lived and worked in Germany than in any other foreign country.

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

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). For more information on SAT II test placement, refer to the charts in the Academic Advising section.

Students with a score of three or above in a German AP exam or a score of four or above on the IB exam will find UF course equivalents listed in the academic advising section of this guide. Consult a department adviser for information on the 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.

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 either GER 2200 or any 2000-level German course with 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE-C, WR)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-S)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Total 13 -14
Semester 2Credits
GER 1121 Beginning German 2 (3) or
GER 1126 Discover German 2 (5) or
GER 1131 Beginning Intensive German 2 (5)
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Electives (or work on a second major)6-3
Total 15-14
Semester 3Credits
GER 1122 Beginning German 33
GET 2000 German Culture and Civilization 1 or
GET 2001 Modern German Culture and Civilization (both GE-H, I)
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Science laboratory (GE-P or B)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Elective (or work on a second major)3
Total 16
Semester 4Credits
GER 2200 Intermediate German 13
3000-/4000-level GET course (GE-H)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Elective (or work on a second 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 Science (GE-B)3
Elective (or work on a second 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-S)3
Electives (or work on a second 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 second 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 second major)9
Total 15