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German Studies

German is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the language, culture, history, politics and literature of Germany and other German-speaking countries, as well as their influence on other cultures in Europe and beyond. The Department of German Studies at UC specializes in contemporary Germany, which boasts one of the world's most powerful economies and holds a central leadership role within the European Union. We believe, however, that today's Germany cannot be understood without reference to German history. Therefore, we offer courses that range from the Middle Ages to the 21st century and deal with a wide variety of topics and texts. We also place a great deal of emphasis on the impact that German culture has had on Cincinnati and consider German-American studies to be a vital component of our program.

Through academic course work, participation in study-abroad programs and interaction with outstanding faculty and visiting lecturers from around the world, German majors and minors have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and develop skills that will enrich their lives and enable them to contribute to greater global awareness when they assume roles in careers and society.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-GRST

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
980 - 1180

Department

German Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

733 Old Chemistry
PO Box 210372
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0372
Jennifer Kelley-Thierman
Email: jennifer.kelley-thierman@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-2752

Student Success Factors

Successful students in German studies come from a wide variety of backgrounds and skills. Verbal and musical learners are especially likely to succeed in German. However, students with a background in engineering also have found great success. If you are curious about other cultures, enjoy reading, are interested in traveling and experiencing the world, or can see yourself living and working abroad for some time, you should consider majoring in German studies.

Career Possibilities

Students with a BA in German studies often pursue teaching careers, either in secondary education or in colleges and universities, following completion of graduate studies in the field. Many go on to professional schools, such as law and medicine. Other graduates become interpreters, translators and researchers or establish careers in the business world. Through careful planning, students can major in two fields and thus gain a greater breadth in their studies. German studies majors have gone on to become:

  • Anthropologist
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Exchange trader
  • Foreign service officer
  • Social worker
  • International account manager
  • Interpreter
  • National security agent
  • Teacher
  • Translator

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

For our students in the BA program we provide intensive and state-of-the art instruction in German language, literature and culture. As a student works toward their degree, they learn about contemporary German culture as well as the country's history. Our curriculum includes courses taught in both German and English. The department's faculty is dedicated to help students develop their interests and to ensure their progress through the program. Our graduates are qualified for work in any number of professions and business environments that require German language skills and intercultural competency.

UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences' flexible degree requirements allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • International Affairs
  • Other languages and area studies programs
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Women's, gender, and sexuality studies

Minor Details

German Studies Minor

  • GRMN 2002 (5 credits): Second Year German 2
  • GRMN 3001-3002 (6 credits): Introduction to German Studies 1 & 2

The remaining nine credits may be earned by taking any courses the department offers aside from the required courses and the basic language courses. This choice of electives includes our study-abroad offerings. We also offer special options for students in other colleges, such as engineering, business, DAAP and CCM, who wish to pursue a minor in German studies and whose programs include co-op or other experience in a German-speaking country.

German-American Studies Certificate
Students pursuing a degree at the university may also earn a certificate in German-American studies, which requires introductory courses on the German-American experience and German culture as well as an extensive independent project.

Curriculum

These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

German Studies Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • GRMNxxxx, German 2001 if needed, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • GRMN2002, Second Year German 2, DC, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course , SS, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (INTR) Course-- may double count, SE, TI, 0 - 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • GRMN3001, Introduction to German Studies 1, DC, HU, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 6
    Spring (Year 2)
    • GRMN3002, Introduction to German Studies 2, DC, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective (HP) Course, HP, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course, 3
    • GRMNxxxx, German Elective Courses - see groupings below, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • GRMN3011, Topics in German Studies 1, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 12
    • XXXXxxxx, German Elective Courses - see groupings below, 5
    • GRMN3012, Topics in German Studies 2, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • GRMN4001, Seminar in German Studies 1, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses , 9
    Spring (Year 4)
    • GRMN5001, German Studies Senior Capstone, 3 - 6
    • GRMN4002, Seminar in German Studies 2, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 3 - 6
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Groupings:
    German-American Studies
    • GRMN1041, German-American Experience 1, HP, 3
    • GRMN1042, German-American Experience 2, HP, 3
    German Cultural History
    • GRMN1081, Survey of German Cultural History 1, HP, 3
    • GRMN1082, Survey of German Cultural History 2, HP, 3
    German Folklore
    • GRMN1071, German Folklore: Fairy Tales FRESHMAN SEMINAR, DC, HU, 3
    • GRMN2041, German Folklore 1: Fairy Tales, DC, HU, 3
    • GRMN2042, German Folklore 2: Faust Myth, DC, HU, 3
    Study Abroad
    • GRMN2061, Study Abroad in Munich: Intensive Language and Culture, DC, HU, 1 - 10
    • GRMN2062, Berlin - Past and Present, HP, HU, 3 - 6
    European Studies
    • EUST1xxx, 1000 level course(s) or above, 10
    Film Studies
    • GRMNxxxx, Must be in discipline: GRMN, 0

German Studies Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • GRMNxxxx, German 2001 if needed, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • GRMN2002, Second Year German 2, DC, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course , SS, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (INTR) Course-- may double count, SE, TI, 0 - 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • GRMN3001, Introduction to German Studies 1, DC, HU, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 6
    Spring (Year 2)
    • GRMN3002, Introduction to German Studies 2, DC, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective (HP) Course, HP, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course, 3
    • GRMNxxxx, German Elective Courses - see groupings below, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • GRMN3011, Topics in German Studies 1, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 12
    • XXXXxxxx, German Elective Courses - see groupings below, 5
    • GRMN3012, Topics in German Studies 2, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • GRMN4001, Seminar in German Studies 1, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses , 9
    Spring (Year 4)
    • GRMN5001, German Studies Senior Capstone, 3 - 6
    • GRMN4002, Seminar in German Studies 2, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 3 - 6
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Groupings:
    German-American Studies
    • GRMN1041, German-American Experience 1, HP, 3
    • GRMN1042, German-American Experience 2, HP, 3
    • GRMN2010, German-American Cincinnati, HP, 3
    German Cultural History
    • GRMN1081, Survey of German Cultural History 1, HP, 3
    • GRMN1082, Survey of German Cultural History 2, HP, 3
    German Folklore
    • GRMN1071, German Folklore: Fairy Tales FRESHMAN SEMINAR, DC, HU, 3
    • GRMN2041, German Folklore 1: Fairy Tales, DC, HU, 3
    • GRMN2042, German Folklore 2: Faust Myth, DC, HU, 3
    Study Abroad
    • GRMN2061, Study Abroad in Munich: Intensive Language and Culture, DC, HU, 1 - 10
    • GRMN2062, Berlin - Past and Present, HP, HU, 3 - 6
    • GRMN2063, Study Abroad in Berlin, DC, 1 - 3
    European Studies
    • EUST1xxx, 1000 level course(s) or above, 10
    Film Studies
    • GRMN1051, Introduction to Film Studies, FA, HU, 3
    • GRMN1053, Nazi(s in) Cinema: Freshman Seminar, FA, HP, 3
    • GRMN2053, Nazi(s in) Cinema, FA, HP, 3
    Topics in German Studies
    • GRMN2003, Topics in Conversation, 1

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

The German studies program at UC provides students with a solid background in the German language and all aspects of German, Austrian and Swiss culture. We have special strengths in film studies, German-American studies and contemporary German literature and culture. We have strong study-abroad programs in Germany and work closely with other programs, such as European Studies and the international co-op program. We work with our majors and minors to customize their course of study to their needs and goals.

Study Abroad
The Munich program is a five-week, intensive-immersion language and culture course during the summer. There are three hours of intensive language instruction each day, Monday through Friday, plus a daily program of conversation classes conducted while visiting cultural and historical sites in and around Munich, and weekend excursions, all under the direction of a professor from UC's Department of German Studies. The Munich program may be used to satisfy some core requirements for the German major and minor; see the undergraduate director for details.

The summer field trip to Berlin is an interdisciplinary course taught in English for undergraduate students from across the University of Cincinnati. The variety in the background and interests of the participants assures the vitality of the experience, one focused on Berlin’s material culture, past, present and future. Students finish the course with an individual project completed in the autumn semester.

The 4+1 Master's Degree Program
Students complete all of the requirements for the German major, which includes the Survey of German Literature sequence typically required of first-year MA students. During their fourth (senior) year, students will be permitted to enroll in graduate courses. They can then complete the credit and course requirements for the MA in just one additional year with a standard full-time graduate course load.

More information is available on the German Studies website.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

 

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.