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College of Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies

M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in German offers a humanistic basis for a wide range of careers. More specifically, it lays the foundation for doctoral study in the Department of Germanic Studies. Both goals are served by the same curriculum.

The M.A. curriculum encompasses the study of linguistics, literature, and culture in a wider sense. Within this framework it permits concentration on any one of these three areas. Students may choose either the highly flexible Master of Arts in Germanic Studies, which is readily adaptable to individual interests, or the more focused and structured Master of Arts in Modern German Culture.

Admission requirements:

  • 25 semester hours or the equivalent beyond first-year German.
  • Students from Germany: must complete the Zwischenprüfung and one full year of Hauptstudium to be eligible to enter the M.A. program. Students with a B.A. from a German institution must demonstrate four years of study at the university level.

Master of Arts in Germanic Studies

This M.A. degree option accommodates a wide variety of interests, ranging from formal and historical linguistics, to philology and medieval studies (with links to Indiana's Institute of Medieval Studies), to modern literature and culture. It prepares students for advanced study, but also serves as a self-contained M.A. program for students pursuing other academic or career goals, including secondary or community college training.

The requirements for this degree include:

Credits: 30 hours (minimum of 21 credit hours must be in German)

Courses:

  • Literature (one German course numbered 500 or above) (3 hrs.)
  • Linguistics (one from G532, G540, G548, G551, G558, G632, G635, G638, G639, and G640) (3 hrs.)
  • One colloquium (G625) or seminar at I.U. (G825, G835) (3/4 hrs.)
  • At least nine additional hours in Germanic Studies (9 hrs.)
  • Eleven to twelve additional hours*
    *Up to nine of which may be taken in related areas such as history, political science, comparative literature, and linguistics, and all of which may be taken in Germanic Studies.

Language: Reading proficiency in an additional foreign language, preferably French.

Please note: Students must also complete the M.A. project, a limited scholarly investigation.

Master of Arts in Modern German Culture

The requirements for this degree include:

Credits: 30 hours (minimum of 21 credit hours must be in German)

Courses: A total of 30 credit hours of which at least 21 must be in German. Up to nine credits may be taken in related areas such as history, political science, comparative literature, and philosophy, but all may be taken in Germanic Studies.

Language: Reading proficiency in an additional foreign language, preferably French.

Please note: Students must also pass the M.A. project, a limited scholarly investigation.

Master's Project

Both the Master of Arts in Germanic Studies and the Master of Arts in Modern German Culture require successful completion of a Master's Project, which is intended to give students experience in carrying out a limited scholarly investigation to the fullest of their potential.

The project is normally submitted after three of four semesters of study, but may be submitted as early as the first year. It entails appropriate revision and oral defense of a research paper of 20 to 30 pages originally written for a graduate course in Germanic Studies. The paper should demonstrate command of expository English or German; competence in the use of bibliographic and research tools; ability to conceive and develop a scholarly project; and effective critical and analytical thinking.

It is recommended that students consult with appropriate faculty members regarding selection and revision of the project paper. A three-person faculty committee evaluates each project and conducts an oral defense that examines the candidate's ability to present concisely the main argument(s) of the project; place the project in larger scholarly contexts; discuss sources and scholarly literature used; and respond effectively to committee members' questions and comments.

Students have the option of enrolling in German G850, Master's Project, for one credit, so that the project's completion is reflected on their permanent academic record and transcripts.

Germanic Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3103
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
Phone: 812-855-1553
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