Nathan Bates, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Slagle Hall 306
Nathan Bates, Ph.D.
German Double Major
The program in German in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics provides instruction and advising in German language, literature, and culture at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels to the benefit of students with a variety of curricular and career goals. In cooperation with other departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, with the School of Education of the University of South Dakota, with language departments at other regental institutions, as well as with our partner universities abroad, we are committed to training professionals with a firm command of the German language and with a broad, interdisciplinary background in German culture (including history, literature, and contemporary civilization). Through advising, mentoring, and in cooperation with our international exchange partners, we are dedicated to developing an intercultural awareness in our student population.
A German Collaborative agreement was first established between NSU, SDSU, and USD personnel dating back to 1987. Institutional representatives met to develop a new framework for maintaining the collaborative into the next decade. During the 2019-2020 academic year, new curriculum effective Fall 2020 will go into place only between the cooperative partners, SDSU and USD.
A major in German offers a comprehensive survey of German language, literature, and contemporary civilization. Supported by the extensive holdings in German in our University Library and by the ample audio-visual materials available on the Internet, a major in German can be a rewarding interdisciplinary program of study. It will prepare you for a range of careers, including teaching, business, public service, foreign service, graduate school, and academia.
- The Erwin Behrendt Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship shall be awarded annually to deserving undergraduate students majoring in German. Recipients must:
a. Be classified as Junior, or Senior majors of German;
b. Have completed at last two years of college German, or its equivalent;
c. Have demonstrated a serious intention to pursue further work in German;
d. Maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average in German courses.
Primary consideration will be given to academic achievement with economic need as a secondary factor.
- The Edward and Helen Greene Modern Languages and Linguistics Travel Fund
This scholarship provides financial assistance to students of modern languages participating in our exchange programs abroad. Candidates shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).
37 Major Hours, 34 Double Major Hours*, 120 Degree Hours
Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .
Departmental Requirements (16 hours)
Elective Requirements (21 or 18*hours)
Select at least 21 credits of upper-division coursework. The following is a suggested sequence. All majors are required to select at least one course from each of the categories below. Majors are also strongly encouraged to study abroad in a German-speaking country. MFL XXX courses with content in Teaching Methods, K12 Foreign Language Methods, or Linguisitcs courses can also fulfill credits in the Elective requirements.
*USD Double major only select 18 credits of upper-division coursework.
Language and Professional Skills Electives (minimum 1 from this section):
Literature Culture and Civilization Electives (minimum 1 from this section):
Recommended Additional Course Work
Each institution may have additional SGR and College Requirements that will apply to their programs.
Students with a broad background in German may earn credit by examination for introductory and intermediate level courses. Contact the Department for details.
Four-Year Program Guides and Costs
USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to demonstrate cognitive, effective, and behavioral skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
- Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
- Graduating students will demonstrate that they have reached the Advanced Low Level in Written Language
- All German majors demonstrate cultural awareness and knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the German-speaking world.
- All German majors demonstrate their ability to express themselves orally in German at the ACTFL intermediate high proficiency level, that is, they will successfully handle uncomplicated tasks and exchange of information in social situations in German.
- Students will connect ideas and experiences in order to synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.
- Students will engage in purposeful, ongoing learning activities that improve their knowledge, skills and competence in their personal and professional lives.
- Students will intentionally engage with diversity in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions leading to opportunities for equal access to participation in educational and community programs for all members of society.
State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live
If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.