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German - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in German (code RGR_BA02) (120 units)

The German Studies Program promotes competency in the use of language and understanding of cultural history and contemporary society in German-speaking countries. It is designed to meet the needs of students seeking a liberal-arts education with an emphasis on German language and culture; those intending to teach at the elementary, secondary, or the college or university level; and of those planning to use German in professional careers or in pursuit of graduate studies. Efforts are made to accommodate the special needs of students who simultaneously pursue a major in Business, Engineering, or a certificate in Travel and Tourism.


Lower Division: One year of intermediate German or equivalent. Students who have completed sufficient high-school German may take upper-division courses as soon as lower-division requirements have been met. Native speakers of German may not enroll for credit in 101A/B or 201A/B.

Upper Division: A minimum of 33 units (36 for Single Subject) of upper-division courses in German, which must include: GERM 301, 302, 415, and 416 and twelve (12) additional units of 400-level literature and culture courses: 430, 440, 450, 458, 459, 460, 480, and 498

Recommendations: Courses should be selected in consultation with the major advisor. The department strongly recommends studies or an internship in a German-speaking country and will assist in such plans.

Single Subject Teaching Credential, German (code 153)

Completion of the German major (plus 6 additional units) meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in German (code 153). Prospective students should consult the undergraduate German Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of German are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The German Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.


The same as for the B.A. plus GERM 303 and 410 or equivalent.

Minor in German (code RGR_UM03)

A minimum of 20 upper division units, which must include: GERM 301, 302, 415, and 416.

The Minor in German is available to any non-German major.

Master of Arts in German (code RGR_MA02)

The Master of Arts in German prepares students for academic and other professional careers. The Program is committed to support each graduate student in his or her career goals and works together with other programs and departments on campus to help formulate a meaningful and marketable study plan for each student. Many of our graduates go into teaching at the secondary and post-secondary level and are successful in competing for fully supported Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S. We encourage students to study at German-speaking universities and assist with overseas study plans.

For graduate students interested in multimedia teaching technology, the program provides special projects and practical opportunities. Teaching Assistantships are available.


  1. A bachelor of arts degree in German or:
  2. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 units of upper-division courses in German. These courses must be comparable to those required of a major in German at the University. Deficiencies will be determined by the department.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy should take place upon completion of at least six units, preferably no more than nine units applicable to the program, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

The candidate may file for advancement to candidacy only after she/he has filed a transcript of credits or a change-of-objective form, completed the prerequisites, and fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

The student graduate program must be approved by the graduate advisor, departmental committee, and the College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.


  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper-division and graduate courses with 24 units in German;
  2. A minimum of 18 units in the 500 and 600 series in German which must include GERM 510.
  3. A reading knowledge of French, Italian, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. Another language may be substituted only under special circumstance;
  4. A comprehensive examination or, with permission of a Graduate Advisor, a thesis.