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German M.A.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree


Current research interests include history of German language; Medieval literature; literature of the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; folklore;  Exile studies; and translation studies.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Arts

An undergraduate major in German, including a year course in literature and a year course in advanced composition and conversation or the equivalent. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examinations general (aptitude) section.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Thirty credits of graduate-level courses including:

GERM 281Sem in Lit Genre,Period,Theme3
GERM 282Sem on Particular Author3
Additional courses in German, which may include two advanced courses in a related field12-18
Thesis research6-12

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive exam for the German M.A. degree is taken upon completion of all required coursework (at the end of the 4th semester, at latest). The exam is conducted over a period of five hours.  Subject matter for the exam questions will be drawn from three German graduate program courses of the student’s choosing. In each subject area, students will answer one of the three questions offered.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Arts

Students need to pass the comprehensive examination and successfully complete and defend a thesis.