Aug 13, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

German (B.A.)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges/Schools, Departments & Programs

37 Major Hours, 34 Double Major Hours*, 120 Degree Hours

Nathan Bates, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Slagle Hall 323



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.

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .


  • 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).

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.

Secondary Education/German Teacher (B.A.)

See German (B.A.) with Secondary Education Certification  for program requirements for degree along with the appropriate certification courses.

Students must have a CGPA of 2.7 to co-register for EDFN 338  and SEED 296  and to be admitted to Teacher Education.

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.

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 USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges/Schools, Departments & Programs