"German Cultural Studies" Special Major through Interdisciplinary Studies

The special major in German Cultural Studies is offered through ITDS, the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at SSU. The major offers students an interdisciplinary B.A. that incorporates language courses required for the German minor plus courses in other disciplines. It enriches students' academic and career opportunities by providing them with important skills to find employment in our increasingly interconnected world. The special major prepares students for international or cross-cultural careers in the USA or abroad that require a basic knowledge of the German language, history and culture as well as skills in cross-cultural communication. Recognizing the increasing interconnections in our global world, and Germany as one of the key players within the EU and in the international arena, the B.A. program prepares students for graduate school and careers in a field of their interest. See the list of classes here.

The special major provides students with a stimulating and supportive learning environment, as well as advising within a vibrant community of German language students. The interdisciplinary structure of the B.A. program allows students to focus on their individual interest and thus work towards individual study and career plans. Moreover, the special major assists students to graduate within a timely manner. Please review the Sample Four-Year Plans that suggest two different pathways toward timely graduation. Plan A suggests a pathway for students who take courses at SSU and do not plan to study abroad; Plan B offers a pathway for those students who wish to study abroad for one year.

Note: Students must check with the appropriate departments or programs because courses may not be offered every semester or every year. This list may change; students must consult with their major advisor before enrolling in these courses.

Prerequisites (1 units)
GER 101--First Semester: The Personal World (4; counts for G.E. C3)

Core Courses (27 units)
GER 102--Second Semester: Contemporary Germany (4; G.E. C3)
GER 200--Intermediate German: The German-Speaking World Today (4; G.E. C3)
GER 210--Intermediate German through Film (4; G.E. C3)
GER 314--Literature of the German-Speaking World (4; G.E. C2)
GER 315--German Language and Literature (1)
GER 300--Advanced German Cultural Studies (4; G.E. C3)
GER 395--German Culture/Language Experience
(Community Involvement Project in the USA or abroad; 2; Cr/NC)
ITDS 499/GER 495--Senior Project (4)
--> Total of 27 units for "Core Courses"

Supporting Courses (19-20 units)
HIST 415--Eastern Europe, 1815-1918 (4)
or: HIST 416--Eastern Europe: 1918-1989 (4)
or: HIST 418--Fall of European Communism (4)
POLS 350--European Parliamentary Democracies (4)
POLS 307--Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide (4; G.E. D5)
ARTH 464--History of Modern Art: 20th Century (3-4; G.E. C1)
--> Total of 19-20 units for "Supporting Courses"

Electives (23-24 units required)
Students select courses from this list:
ANTH 200--Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3; G.E. D5)
This is a prerequisite course for ANTH 380 (Language, Culture, and Society),
ANTH 382--(Language Change), and ANTH 480 (Studies of Language Use)
ANTH 203--Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3; G.E. D1)
ANTH 480--Studies of Language Use (4)
Prerequisite: ANTH 200, ANTH 203, or instructor's consent
ANTH 382--Language Change (4)
Prerequisite: ANTH 200, ANTH 203, or instructor's consent
ANTH 380--Language, Culture and Society (4)
Prerequisite: ANTH 200, ANTH 203, or instructor's consent
ARTH 466--Contemporary Art (3-4)
No prerequisite required, but ARTH 211 recommended (Intro to Art History, 3-4, G.E. C1)
BUS 391--Cross-cultural Communication and Negotiation (4)
BUS 393--Introduction to International Business (4)
COMS 321--International Communication (4)
ECON 204--Introduction to Macroeconomics (4; G.E. D5)
ECON 303--International Economics (4)
Prerequisite for non-Economics majors: ECON 204--Introduction to Macroeconomics (4; G.E. D5); for double majors: ECON 204 and ECON 205 (4; G.E. D1)
ENG 341--Explorations in Language (4)
The following courses are required for the track in German Language Pedagogy
(plus ENG 341), coupled with a minor in Linguistics:
ENG 343--Youth and Literature (4)
ENG 379--Structure of English: Pedagogical Grammar (4)
ENG 491--Seminar in Teaching Composition (4)
ENG 492--Reading and Responding to Literature (4)
GEOG 320--Geopolitics (4)
HIST 202--Development of the Modern World (3; G.E. D2)
HIST 380--Twentieth-Century World (3; G.E. D2)
HIST 401--The Roman Empire (4)
HIST 406--The Crusades (4)
HIST 408--The Early Middle Ages (4)
HIST 409--The High Middle Ages (4)
HIST 410--Early Modern Europe: 1350-1789 (4)
HIST 412--Europe since 1914 (4)
MUS 250--Survey of European Music (3; G.E. C1)
MUS 251--History of Western Music: Ancient World to 1750 (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 110, or instructor's consent
MUS 252--History of Western Music: 1750 - Present (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 210, or instructor's consent
MUS 310--Theory III: Form and Analysis (3)
Concurrent requirement: MUS 320
Prerequisites: MUS 105 (counts for G.E. C1), MUS 120, MUS 220, or equivalent.
MUS 316--Diction: French and German (1-2)
MUS 325--SSU Chorus (1-2)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor
MUS 410--Theory IV: 20th Century Techniques (3)
Prerequisite: MUS 210, MUS 220, MUS 150 and MUS 250,
or instructor's consent
MUS 343--Studies in Musical Genres (3; G.E. C1)
Prerequisites: MUS 101, MUS 201, or instructor's consent
Only counts for German Cultural Studies major if German-speaking composers are taught
MUS 344--Studies-Specific Composers (3; G.E. C1)
Prerequisite: MUS 101, MUS 201, or consent of instructor
Only counts for German Cultural Studies major if German-speaking composers are taught
PHIL 207--Philosophical Movements (4)*
PHIL 303--Social and Political Philosophy (4)*
PHIL 307--Philosophical Figures (4)*
SOCI 375--Sociological Theory (4; G.E. D1)
THAR 203--Introduction to the History of Drama and Dance: 1800 to Present (4; G.E. C1)
THAR 320A--Intermediate Acting Block (5)
Prerequisite: THAR 120A or B, THAR 220A, THAR 220B, THAR 145A, and
THAR 145B, and consent of instructor.
THAR 371B--History of Dance B (3)
Prerequisite: THAR 371A, or instructor's consent
THAR 420A--Advanced Acting Block (2-5)
Prerequisite: THAR 300, THAR 320A and B, and consent of instructor.
THAR 320 and THAR 420 are taught concurrently.
--> Total of 23-24 units for "Supporting Courses"

* Note about Philosophy Courses: Students must check with the Department of Philosophy or the faculty member teaching the course on a semester-by-semester basis to inquire if the course offered in that particular semester includes sufficient "German" content.


Additional Requirements & Information for the Special Major in German Cultural Studies:
-- All German Cultural Studies majors must pass the "Goethe-Zertifikat B1"-Proficiency Examination, the internationally recognized language certificate offered annually at SSU under the auspices of the Goethe Institute.
-- All German Cultural Studies majors must complete an internship or work as a volunteer as part of the Community Involvement Project (CIP) through GER 395 (German language/culture experience in the USA or abroad; 2 units; Cr/NC):
Students choose where they wish to gain this experience that may take the form of an internship with a German business here or abroad, or volunteer work (i.e. tutoring German on or off campus; teaching mini-lessons of German at a school or in a home for elderly people). Students may also apply for summer internships, offered through International Cooperative Education (ICE) in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland (http://www.icemenlo.com). They may be eligible to work in a variety of employment venues including business organizations (i.e. Porsche, BMW, Airbus, Siemens, Infineon, Nestle, Wacker chemical plants), banks (i.e. Stadtssparkasse M√ľnchen), health clinics, nursery facilities, stores (i.e. Edeka Markets; Migros in Switzerland), Kinderg√§rten, or hotels, depending on their language skills.