Combined Major in English and German
Required: 14.5 units, including senior writing project, distributed as follows:
- GERM 311 German Culture and Civilization
- GERM 321 Introduction to German Literature
- Two 400-level courses
- Three electives, selected from a list of approved MLC courses with a LAC in German or 400-level German courses
- ENGL 297 Literature in Context: Genre and Mode
- ENGL 298 Literature in Context: Texts in History
- One 300-level course from Group A (Literature Before the Early to Mid-19th Century)
- One 300-level course from Group B (Literature After the Early to Mid-19th Century)
- Two additional courses at the 300-level
- ENGL 400 Junior/Senior Seminar
A senior writing project, taken for one half unit as IDST 379, on a comparative topic dealing with literatures in English and in German is required. The paper, written in English or in German, will be 20-30 pages, will make significant use of primary and secondary materials in both languages, and will be conducted through independent study.
By the time the student selects a focus for the senior writing project, which should be no later than spring of the junior year, s/he should select an appropriate supervisor in each discipline and designate one as the primary supervisor. The primary supervisor will have final responsibility for determining the student’s grade on the senior writing project after considering an evaluation and a suggested grade supplied by the second supervisor. If there is sharp disagreement between the two supervisors over the final grade, the chairperson of the primary supervisor’s department will appoint a third reader/grader, whose decision will break the deadlock between the first and second supervisors.
When a student declares the Combined Major, he or she will be assigned to an advisor in each department. Each advisor will be responsible for advising the student on the selection of courses in the advisor’s department. Study abroad in a German-speaking country is very strongly recommended.
This major is recommended only to students who enter the university with a sufficient background in German to begin their course of study at the Intermediate level or beyond. The minimum level expected, and the longest timeline for entering the major, should be the following:
- First year fall and spring: German 201-202 Intermediate German (COM2)
- Second year fall and spring: German 311 and 321
- Third year: begin 400-level courses
Note: A grade of C (2.0) is required in all coursework comprising the major.