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Undergraduate Program

We offer both a major and a minor in German, each of which is available in standard form or with a teaching emphasis.  Requirements for each are listed below.  If you are starting with German language coursework at UM or have successfully completed two or more semesters of High School German, we recommend that you take the Placement Exam  to help determine the level at which you may want to begin.

Requirements for the German Major:

  • German 101 to 202 or equivalent.
  • At least 30 credits of upper-division work in German, including 301, 302 or 305, 311, 312 or 318, 400 [formerly GERM 301, 302, 305, 311, 312, 313, 403]. 
  • At least two 3-credit courses in literature at the 400 level
  •  At least two of the following culture courses: 332L, 351H, 352H, 350, 322L and/or 362Y [formerly GERM 303, 304, 355, 361, 362].
  • Students are required to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all upper-division GRMN courses presented  in  fulfillment of requirements for the German major.
  • The upper-division Writing Expectation must be met by successfully completing either 351H or 352H [formerly GERM 303 & 304].

Requirements for the German Major (Extended Teaching Emphasis):

Students must gain admission to Teacher Education Program (see the College of Education section of the UM catalog). A departmental recommendation on the student's proficiency is required for student teaching. An overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for upper division work. Students must meet the requirements for teaching licensure (see the College of Education section of the UM catalog.) For an endorsement in the extended major teaching field of German, a student must complete the requirements for the B.A. with a major in German plus LING 270S and MCLG 410. Study in a German language country, provided either through the University's Study Abroad Program or an experience considered to be equivalent, also is required. German qualifies for a single field endorsement. However, there is a limited demand in the majority of Montana high schools for teachers with a single endorsement in German. Students are encouraged to complete the requirements for a second teaching endorsement (major or minor) in another field in more demand in high schools.

Requirements for the German Minor:

  • GRMN 101, 102, 201, 202 and 15 upper-division credits.
  • Upper division courses must include GRMN 301, 302 or 305, 311 and 312 or 318.
  • One of the following culture courses: 332L, 351H, 352H, 350, 322L or 362Y. [formerly GRMN 303H, 304H, 355. or 361L]
  • Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in these courses.  Native or near-native speakers of German must substitute two 400-level courses for 301 and 302.

Requirements for the German Minor (Teaching):

Students must gain admission to Teacher Education Program (see the College of Education of the UM catalog). A departmental recommendation on the student's proficiency is required for student teaching.  An overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for upper division work. Students must meet the requirements for teaching licensure (see the College of Education section of the UM catalog.)  For an endorsement in the minor teaching field of German, a student must complete GRMN 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 or 305 (GERM 101,102, 201, 202, 301, 302 or 305); one of the following German culture courses: 351H, 352H, 350, 322L or 362Y (303, 304H, 355, 361L or 362H); LING 270S, and MCLG 410. Study in a German-language country, provided either through the University’s Study Abroad Program or an experience considered to be equivalent, also is required.

The Upper-division Writing Expectation must be met by successfully completing an upper-division writing course from the approved list in the General Education Requirements section of the University catalog.