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German Overview

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What’s special about German at UMBC?

At UMBC the study of German is part of the major and minor programs of the department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication (MLLI). The MLLI faculty, which inc1udes a unique combination of specialists in linguistics, sociology, film and media, cultural and literary studies, and pedagogy have been pioneers in developing an interdisciplinary curriculum. Most university language programs focus almost exclusively on language and literature. Not UMBC: In the interdisciplinary MLLI program, German students participate with students of other languages in a common core of three courses that stress linguistic and cultural analysis. Therefore, aside from acquiring proficiency in the German language and knowledge of German culture, they also learn about the fascinating dynamics of languages and cultures in general.

German courses address an exciting variety of cultural, sociological, and literary themes. UMBC German students learn about the histories, the cultures, and the social problems of the societies in which German is spoken. Classes in advanced German courses are small and offer the opportunity for individual interaction with professors.

Major Track Options  
Students select either a one-language (German) or two-language (German and a second language) option.
One-Language Option (40 credits): choose Track A or Track B

(These are the requirements for German majors who started their course of study at UMBC in fall 2013 or later. All other German majors: See catalog appropriate for the semester you enrolled.)

TRACK A:  Cultural Studies concentration – Germany then and now

•  9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
•  16 credits: GERM 202, 301, 302, 315, 401
•  9 credits Cultural Studies courses: GERM 303, 375, 481
•  6 credits of elective GERM courses at the 300 and 400 level. One of these 2 courses can be an MLL course or from a discipline outside of MLLI. Any course from the Advanced Language Study track is also permissible. Recommended: GERM 420, 421 or MLL 332

TRACK B:  Advanced language study – Intercultural and Professional Communication and Globalization

•  9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
•  16 credits: GERM 202, 301, 302, 315, 401
•  9 credits Advanced Language Study courses: GERM 303, 410, 420
•  6 credits of elective GERM courses at the 300 and 400 level. One of these 2 courses can be an MLL course or from a discipline outside of MLLI. Any course from the Cultural Studies track is also permissible. Recommended: GERM 309, 319, 481, MLL 305


Two-Language Option (43 credits)
TRACK A or TRACK B: 

•  9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
•  13 credits: GERM 202, 301, 302, 303
•  6 credits either from Cultural Studies courses (GERM 375, 421) or from Advanced Language Studies courses (GERM 309, 310)
•  3 credits elective German courses from either track
•  12 credits in a second language with at least three credits at the 400 level


Minor Program (22 credits)

A minor in German combines well with any major. Speaking more than one language and knowing about more than one culture is a definite advantage in any career. Required courses are:

•  3 credits: one MLL core course (MLL 190, MLL 191, MLL 230, MLL 301)
•  10 credits: GERM 202, 301, 302
•  9 credits of elective GERM courses at the 300 or 400 level


Certificate in German Studies (17 credits)

•  GERM 201
•  GERM 202
•  GERM 301
Certificate electives (choose two):

•  MLL 214: The New German Cinema
•  MLL 216: Classics in German Cinema
•  MLL 261: German Ethnic and Cultural Identity
•  MLL 332: Special Topics in German Culture
•  Any GERM courses above 301

Note: All courses in fulfillment of the Certificate in Language Studies must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher.


Scholarships

The German Area of the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication offers two scholarships, the Knapple Scholarship and the Plogman Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to UMBC German majors. Announcements are made in March, awards in May. In addition, the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication offers scholarships for study abroad. Announcements and awards are made each Spring.

For further information about the MLLI German program, please contact the German area coordinator, Dr. Brigitte May.