Description

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in Arabic, German, Japanese, the Romance Language group (French, Spanish), and the Slavic group (Czech, Russian). Whenever possible, the courses are conducted in the language that is studied. The aim of instruction is reading, writing, aural and oral proficiency, and an understanding of the life, literature, and culture of the country. Lectures and films in the language studied are offered during the school year for the benefit of the students in the department. Language laboratories supplement class work.

Placement

Incoming students who wish to enroll in French, Spanish, and German are required to take a placement examination. The examination results will be used in combination with advising to determine appropriate placement in the sequence of courses offered within the department’s curriculum. Exams are administered in the language laboratory (302 Burnett Hall). Students who wish to begin study of a new language other than those previously studied should enroll in the 101 level and do not need to take a placement exam.

The department participates in the following interdisciplinary study programs: Institute for Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Students may receive full credit at the University of Nebraska for education abroad programs in many countries, among these are Costa Rica, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Japan, and the Czech Republic. See http://educationabroad.unl.edu for a guide to these programs.
 

Program Assessment. Across programs, majors and minors in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures acquire a range of intercultural, communicative, intellectual, and practical skills that can enrich their lives and prepare them for productive and meaningful experiences and careers. In order to maintain the effectiveness of its programs, the Department regularly assesses learning outcomes. As part of this assessment, the Department measures the level of achievement of ACE 10 learning outcomes. In addition, majors in the Department are evaluated according to internationally recognized standards set forth by the American Council of on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and other specific institutional measures that follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Assessment of majors can also include a portfolio, an exit interview, exit surveys, and other forms of testing. Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission as a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, students must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who graduated from high school January 1997 and after must also meet the UNL General Admission Requirements. Those transfer students who graduated before January 1997 must have completed in high school, 3 years of English, 2 years of the same foreign language, 2 years of algebra, and 1 year of geometry. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must also submit either their ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, hours earned at a similarly accredited college or university are applicable to the UNL degree.  The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer, and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them, based upon its exclusion and restriction policies. Sixty is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college or international institution. Transfer credit in the major or minor must be approved by the departmental advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major or minor. At least half of the hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College of Arts and Sciences will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools. The C- and D grades cannot be applied toward requirements for a major or minor. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL. All D grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK, but they are not applicable to a major or minor.

Readmitted Students

UNL students who choose not to take courses for more than 2 consecutive terms, must reapply to UNL.  Students readmitted to the College of Arts and Sciences will follow the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year of readmission and re-enrollment as a degree-seeking student in Arts and Sciences. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students must remove entrance deficiencies in geometry and foreign language as soon as possible, and before graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences.  For questions and more information, students should consult a college advisor in the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.

Removing Foreign Language Deficiencies

Students must complete the second semester of a first year language sequence to clear the deficiency and the second semester of the second year language sequence to complete the college graduation requirement in language.

Removing Geometry Deficiencies

A deficiency of one year of geometry can be removed by taking high school geometry courses through an approved independent study program, or by completing a geometry course from an accredited community college or a four-year institution. Neither of these options will count for college credit.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to further the purposes of liberal education by encouraging study in several different areas within the College. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements. A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one of the following five distribution requirements. A student cannot use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement. A student cannot use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement. Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements. To see a complete list of excluded courses, run a degree audit through MyRED.

Courses from interdisciplinary programs will count in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department(s).
 

College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from: anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, modern languages and literatures, or anthropology. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Omaha, Russian, and Spanish. A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from: natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32
1

See degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for approved geography and anthropology courses that apply as natural science.

2

Language courses numbered 210 or below apply only for the foreign language requirement.

3

See degree audit or College of Arts and Sciences advisor for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social science.

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Languages Exemption Policy

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences will exempt or waive students from the UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or from the College’s language distribution requirement based on documentation only. The following are the options and procedures for documentation:

High School Transcripts

For the University entrance requirement, students must show an official high school transcript with two or more years of the same foreign language.

For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students must show an official high school transcript with four or more years of the same foreign language in high school, or show evidence of graduation from a non-English-speaking foreign high school. Students whose native language is not English must show English as a Second Language study on an official high school transcript. Four years of ESL at the high school level (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades) will be the basis for a waiver of the CDR E Language requirement.

Proficiency Examination at UNL

For the University entrance requirement, students who do not have transcript documentation can request to take a proficiency exam in the language. (This is not the same test as the Modern Languages Placement Exam.) However, UNL will provide testing only in the languages it teaches. Currently, these languages are: Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Japanese, Chinese.

For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test at the 202 level. If the student passes the test, the department will sign the College Request for Waiver form and indicate the level of proficiency. The form is then forwarded to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center for approval.

The Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test and provide written documentation to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center the level of proficiency passed.

Distance Education

For the University entrance requirement, students without transcript documentation who claim proficiency in a language not taught at UNL, have the option of seeking out a distance education program in languages. If the student completes the equivalent of 102 from an approved distance education program, the student will meet the UNL entrance requirement. The student must have the course work approved before he/she takes/completes the course as equivalent to 102 by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the student can seek out a distance education program and complete the equivalent of the 202-level course. The student must submit the request on the College Request for Substitution form and have the course work approved by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

Third Language Option

If a student demonstrates knowledge of two foreign languages at the 102 level, the College of Arts and Sciences may consider waiving two semesters of the four semester College Distribution Requirement E-Languages requirement. If this waiver were granted, the student would then be required to complete 101 and 102 in another, 3rd foreign language at UNL.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools except for UNO and UNK. No transfer C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege state:

  • The Pass/No Pass option is designed for your use by seeking to expand your intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where you may have had minimal preparation.
  • Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to your GPA.
  • P is interpreted to mean C or above.
  • A change to or from a Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (see academic calendar for specific dates per term).
  • The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing the grading option.
  • Changing to or from Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After mid-term of the course, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing Pass/No Pass.
  • The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.

Pass/No Pass privileges in the College of Arts and Sciences are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most Arts and Sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered above 299

Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299. Of the 30 hours above 299, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Graduate Courses

Seniors in the University who have obtained in advance the approval of the dean for Graduate Studies may receive up to 12 hours credit for graduate courses taken in addition to the courses necessary to complete their undergraduate work, provided that such credits are earned within the calendar year prior to receipt of the baccalaureate. For procedures, inquire at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Course work taken prior to receipt of the baccalaureate may not always be accepted for transfer to other institutions as graduate work.

Residency

Residency Requirement and Open Enrollment and Summer Independent Study Courses

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

Key characteristics of ACE demonstrate the benefits of the program to students:
 

  • Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
  • ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisors. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
  • Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
  • Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a UNL ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documentation for ACE credit (see academic advisor).

ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students’ learning.

ACE Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

 Learning Outcomes

Majors in German will be able to:

  1. Perform advanced German grammar: the spontaneous production of grammatically correct German in both written and spoken form—ideally attaining advanced-mid on the ACTFL proficiency scale.
  2. Grasp German stylistics: the ability to produce written and spoken German in the style appropriate to the context and the targeted audience.
  3. Grasp the workings of German culture and cultural history: the ability to discuss complex literary and cultural expressions at a sophisticated level, producing, demonstrating, and defending definable arguments.
  4. Perform proper research methodology: the ability to locate and make productive use of secondary sources, to frame an argument by means of an effective structure.

Major Requirements

Twenty-seven (27) hours of courses numbered 300 or above.

Core Requirements

GERM 301Representative Authors I3
GERM 302Representative Authors II3
GERM 303Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Conversation I3
GERM 304Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Conversation II3
GERM 403Advanced Syntax and Stylistics in German I3
Total Credit Hours15

Specific Major Requirements

Select one additional GERM course at the 300 level or above (these may include German classes offered in English)3
Select two additional GERM courses at the 400 level6
Select one additional course from the following: 13
300 or 400 level GERM course
300 or 400 level MODL course as approved by the undergraduate advisor
A course with a German studies focus in english, history, music, political science, philosophy, art history, or theater as approved by the undergraduate advisor. Specific classes that may be used to fulfill this requirement are:
Northern Renaissance Art
Northern Renaissance and Reformation Art
Special Topics in Art History
19th Century Germany
History of Germany: 1914 to Present
The Holocaust
The German Reformation
History of Fascism in Europe
Great Composers & Performers in Music
History of Philosophy (19th Century)
Modern European Jewish Philosophy
Kant
Total Credit Hours12
1

Courses in Film Studies offered through the Department of English are possible in consultation with the German faculty advisor.

Minor Requirement

A minor is required and may be taken in any area.

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses in the major or minor.

Pass/No Pass

No courses taken for Pass/No Pass credit will be applicable to the major or minor, with the exception of GERM 395.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Twelve (12) hours in German at the 300 or 400 level, including:
 

Select 6 hours from the following:6
Representative Authors I
Representative Authors II
Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Conversation I
Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Conversation II
Select 3 hours at the 400 level3
Select an additional 3 hours at the 300 or 400 level3
Total Credit Hours12

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses in the minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the minor, with the exception of GERM 395.

GERM101
Beginning German I

Description: Introduction to contemporary German. Stresses oral and written communication, reading and aural comprehension.

Course details
Credit Hours:5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:5
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:5

ACE:

GERM102
Beginning German II

Prerequisites: GERM 101 or equivalent score on German Language Placement Exam.

Description: Continuation of GERM 101. Readings on contemporary cultural and social issues in German-speaking countries.

Course details
Credit Hours:5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:5
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:5

ACE:

GERM181
Beginning Grammar and Reading

Prerequisites: Open to juniors, seniors, and graduates beginning their German.

Description: Rapid course in the essentials of grammar followed by reading of varied types of literary and technical publications. For mature students; also designed to meet the needs of graduates preparing for the German reading examination.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM201
Second-Year German I

Prerequisites: GERM 102 or equivalent score on German Language Placement Exam.

Description: Intensive and extensive reading of moderately difficult German prose, review of grammar, conversational exercises based on the texts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM202
Second-Year German II

Prerequisites: GERM 201 or equivalent score on German Language Placement Exam.

Description: Continuation of GERM 201. Reading of more difficult texts. Class discussion and reports on supplementary reading.

This course is a prerequisite for: GERM 301; GERM 302; GERM 322

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM203
Composition and Conversation I

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent score on German Language Placement Exam.

Description: Systematic composition and conversational exercises.

This course is a prerequisite for: GERM 301; GERM 302; GERM 395

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM204
Composition and Conversation II

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent score on German Language Placement Exam.

Description: Continuation of GERM 203.

This course is a prerequisite for: GERM 301; GERM 302; GERM 395

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM210
Accelerated Second-Year German

Prerequisites: GERM 102 or equivalent score on German Language Placement Exam.

Description: Covers the same material as GERM 201-202 and counts as 201-202 in satisfying the liberal education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:6

ACE:

GERM282
German Literature in Translation

Prerequisites: 6 hrs courses in literature.

Description: Masterpieces of German literature in translation. Selected texts to be announced in the schedule and the course description booklet.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GERM298
Special Topics

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Consideration of topics in the area of language, literature and civilization.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

GERM301
Representative Authors I

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent, plus 203 or 204 or 321 or 322 or permission

Description: Reading of representative authors of the twentieth century.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

GERM302
Representative Authors II

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent, plus 203 or 204 or 321 or 322 or permission

Description: Reading of representative authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

GERM303
Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Conversation I

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent, plus 204 or permission.

Description: Extensive discussion of advanced grammar; exercises in advanced composition and oral expression.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

GERM304
Advanced Composition, Grammar, and Conversation II

Prerequisites: GERM 303 or permission.

Description: Continuation of GERM 303.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

GERM307
German for Business and Commerce I

Prerequisites: GERM 204 or permission.

Description: Initiates a special sequence of language and culture study designed for students interested in international business. Introduction to cultural aspects of problems related to the conduct of international business. Focus on specific business language problems, e.g., business correspondence, commercial vocabulary, etc.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM308
German for Business and Commerce II

Prerequisites: GERM 307 or permission.

Description: Continuation of GERM 307.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM319
Phonetics in German

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent, GERM 203 or 204, or permission.

Description: Intensive study of standard German with the aid of tape recordings. Emphasis on articulation and phonetic transcription.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM321
German Civilization I

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent.

Description: Systematic, chronological presentation of German civilization from the beginning to the present.

This course is a prerequisite for: GERM 301; GERM 302

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM322
German Civilization II

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent

Description: Systematic, chronological presentation of German civilization from the beginning to the present.

This course is a prerequisite for: GERM 301; GERM 302

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

GERM392
Topics in German Studies

Prerequisites: GERM 204 or equivalent, or permission.

Description: Study of specific period or problem in German Studies: Interdisciplinary focus. Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM395
Internship in German-Speaking Country

Prerequisites: GERM 203, 204 or equivalent

Pass/No Pass only.

Description: The purpose of this course is to give students with appropriate preparation in the German language, and who are planning to do an internship in a German-speaking country, the opportunity to integrate their internship experience through structured reflection, research and writing into their academic German program.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM398
Special Topics in German

Prerequisites: GERM 301 and 302 or permission.

Description: Language, literature, and civilization.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GERM399
Independent Study in German

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GERM399H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Open to candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences and to seniors and especially qualified juniors, with consent of the instructor.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GERM403
Advanced Syntax and Stylistics in German ICrosslisted with GERM 803

Prerequisites: GERM 303 and 304, or equivalent

Description: Advanced syntax and style in their application to composition.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 1 Writing

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 1 Writing

GERM404
Advanced Syntax and Stylistics in German IICrosslisted with GERM 804

Prerequisites: GERM 303 and 304, or equivalent.

Description: Advanced syntax and style in their application to composition.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM405
Linguistics in GermanCrosslisted with GERM 805

Prerequisites: GERM 303, 304 or equivalent.

Description: Phonetics, phonemics, morphology, and transformational grammar as applied to standard German.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM407
History of the German LanguageCrosslisted with GERM 807

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM442
Survey of Medieval German Literature in TranslationCrosslisted with GERM 842, MODL 442, MODL 842

Prerequisites: Permission or GERM 302 for German majors.

Description: Development of German vernacular literature during the Middle Ages. Include works that represent the philosophical/religious literature, the heroic epic, and the romance.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM443
Middle High German LanguageCrosslisted with GERM 843

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or permission.

Description: Grammar to attain reading knowledge of Middle High German/translation of excerpts from a variety of Middle High German texts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM444
Middle High German LiteratureCrosslisted with GERM 844

Prerequisites: GERM 443 or 843 or reading knowledge of Middle High German.

Description: Reading of masterworks of Middle High German literature in the original language.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM445
Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century German LiteratureCrosslisted with GERM 845

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Humanism, Reformation, and Baroque.

Course details
Credit Hours:2-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:2-3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM447
Eighteenth-Century LiteratureCrosslisted with GERM 847

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Representative authors of the Enlightenment, Empfindsamkeit, and Storm and Stress.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM448
RomanticismCrosslisted with GERM 848

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Representative authors of the Romantic movement.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM449
Survey of Nineteenth-Century German Literature I, 1820-1848Crosslisted with GERM 849

Prerequisites: GERM 301 and 302 or permission.

Description: A survey of the major literary currents, authors, works, influences in German-speaking countries in the first half of the nineteenth century, excluding Romanticism, which is treated in GERM 448/848. The main concern of the course will be a careful examination of many aspects of "Biedermeier" and "Das Junge Deutschland," the two major movements of the time.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM450
Survey of Nineteenth-Century German Literature II, 1848-1900Crosslisted with GERM 850

Prerequisites: GERM 301 or 302 and permission.

Description: A survey of the major literary currents, authors, works, influences in German-speaking countries in the second half of the nineteenth century. The main concern of the course will be a careful examination of Poetic Realism and Naturalism, the two major movements in this half of the century.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GERM451
From Naturalism to ExpressionismCrosslisted with GERM 851

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Critical survey of the major literary currents from the turn of the century to the end of World War I.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM452
From the Weimar Republic into ExileCrosslisted with GERM 852

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Critical survey of German literature from 1918 to 1945.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM453
History of German PoetryCrosslisted with GERM 853

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Critical survey of the development of epic and lyric poetry from the beginning to the present time.

Course details
Credit Hours:2-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2-3

ACE:

GERM454
German Literature and PhilosophyCrosslisted with GERM 854

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Relationship between literature and contemporary thought from the eighteenth century to the present.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM455
Postwar German Literature: The Literature of West Germany, Austria, and SwitzerlandCrosslisted with GERM 855

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Critical survey of major literary currents in the West since 1945.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM459
Works of Goethe and SchillerCrosslisted with GERM 859

Prerequisites: GERM 302 or equivalent.

Description: Representative works.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM460
The Faust TraditionCrosslisted with GERM 860

Description: Critical study. Lectures, assigned readings, and reports.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GERM498
Special Topics in GermanCrosslisted with GERM 898

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Consideration of topics in the area of language, literature, and civilization.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


GERMAN (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
CDR E: Language
complete GERM 201
3hr

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 2
CDR E: Language
complete GERM 202
3hr

CDR A: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
16 HR TERM 3
CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
GERM 203 is recommended this term as a prerequisite to major courses.

CDR B: Math/Sci w/Lab
complete 1 from Approved Science Courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Math or Science discipline with a lab: ASTR, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, CSCE, GEOL, LIFE, MATH, METR, PHYS, STAT (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

CDR B: Lab
complete 1 from ASCLAB1
1hr
Complete an approved lab associated with a course from a Math or Science discipline: BIOS, CHEM, GEOL, LIFE, METR, PHYS (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 4
CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
GERM 204 is recommended this term as a prerequisite to major courses.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course, Any Communications Course, Any Geography Course, Any National Securities Studies Course, Any Political Science Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Sociology Course
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 5
German CoreCritical
complete GERM 301, GERM 303
6hr
C
Completion of at least 6 hours of 300 level GERM becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment GERM 301 will fulfill the ACE 5 requirement.

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete 1 from ACE3
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.

Milestones
  1. You must declare a required minor by this term.
15 HR TERM 6
German CoreCritical
complete GERM 302, GERM 304
6hr
C
GERM 302 will fulfill the CDR C requirement.

ACE 4 Sciences
complete 1 from ACE4
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
German CoreCritical
complete GERM 403
3hr
C

German 300/400 Level
complete Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level
6hr
C
Complete one GERM course at the 300 level and one GERM course at the 400 level this term.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 8
German 400 Level
complete Any German Course at the 400 Level
3hr
C
Complete a 400 level GERM course that will fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

German Studies Course
complete 1 from AHIS 226, AHIS 426, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, HIST 327, HIST 328, HIST 339, HIST 421, HIST 429, MUSC 442, PHIL 333, PHIL 345, PHIL 471
3hr
C

CDR F: Additional Breadth
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved additional courses from CDR B, CDR C, or CDR D that is outside of the discipline of your primary major.

Electives
complete Any Course
5hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Analyze and interpret difficult texts
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
  • Understand and utilize a variety of research methodologies
  • Form developed world views and global perspectives

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Account Executive, 93.7 The Ticket - Lincoln NE
  • Writer, Political Communication Firm -
  • Project Coordinator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • First Grade Teacher, Elkhorn Public Schools - Omaha NE
  • 2nd Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps - Quantico VA

Internships

  • Social and Media Intern, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalitio - Lincoln NE
  • Management Intern, Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast - Nebraska City NE

Grad Schools

  • Modern Languages Literature/French, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Teacher Education in German Language, University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Juris Doctorate, Harvard University - Cambridge MA
  • Modern Languages and Literatures, University College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of North Carolina -