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Stadt: Atlanta

DaF-Standort: Emory University

BA/MA-Studiengänge in DaF

Bezeichnungen der jeweiligen BA/MA-DaF-Studiengänge

  • BA-Daf: Bachelor of Arts in German Studies (with honors)
  • DaF-Module: instruction at 4 levels of German Studies at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

The department offers both a major and minor in German Studies, and many students combine their study of German with another discipline.

Anzahl der BA/MA-DaF-Studiengänge und DaF-Module

  • BA-DaF: 2 (major and minor)

Please consult the [online course catalogue [[1]]] for a complete overview of the department's course offerings and the course schedule [2] for the courses currently being offered. For those who have studied German before coming to Emory the department offers an online placement test.

Zulassungsvoraussetzungen für das Studium

Fachlich

  • BA-DaF: none


Sprachlich

  • BA-DaF: none

Dauer des Studiums

  • BA-DaF: usually four semesters, though it is possible to graduate earlier

Anzahl der Studierenden

  • BA-DaF: 20-30

Studienschwerpunkte

(Eintrag der Studienschwerpunkte)

Relevante BA/MA-DaF-Profile

(Eintrag der BA/MA-DaF-Profile)

Kerncurricula

  • BA-DaF:

The courses offered range from beginning German for those with no prior background in the language to advanced courses on cultural, literary, and historical topics relevant to the German-speaking world. In addition, the department offers courses on Yiddish language and culture as well as courses in English on German film, literature, and culture. Central to all of the department's course offerings is a conscious effort to move beyond the boundaries of a strictly national literature department and to explore phenomena that transcend political borders (e.g., German-Jewish cultures, the cultural diversity of the former Austrian Empire).

Pflichtmodule

  • BA-DaF:

Students must complete 36-42 credit hours in German Studies courses to complete the major. The number of credit hours required for the major depends on the student’s placement into the German program:

For students beginning with 101, 42 credit hours including 8 credits for the 101-102 sequence are required to complete the major; For students beginning with 102, 38 credit hours including 4 credits for 102 are required; For students beginning with courses numbered 201 or higher, 36 credit hours are required.

Regardless of placement, required components of the major include the following:

2 courses in German numbered 400 or higher, one of which must be completed during the student’s final year at Emory; GER 392 (1-credit conversation course, which is repeatable but may count for the major only once); An academic study abroad program in the German-speaking world: Emory’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Vienna (a minimum of 8 credit hours from this program can count toward the major), or One semester in Freiburg, Berlin, or Vienna through an approved program (a maximum of 12 credit hours can be counted from semester study abroad toward the major)

Students may substitute a maximum of 7 credit hours in courses on German-related topics approved by the German Studies Department and taught by either the German Studies Department or another department, such as Film Studies, History, Art History, Music, Political Science, or Philosophy. These courses may be taught in German, English, or Yiddish.


Students must complete 24-30 credit hours in German Studies courses to complete the minor. The number of credit hours required for the minor depends on the student’s placement into the German program:

For students beginning with 101, 30 credit hours including 8 credits for the 101-102 sequence and one credit for German Conversation course (GER 392) are required to complete the minor; For students beginning with 102, 26 credit hours including 4 credits for 102 and one credit for German Conversation course (GER 392) are required to complete the minor; For students beginning with courses numbered 201 or higher, 24 credit hours including one credit for German Conversation course (GER 392) are required to complete the minor required

Students may substitute a maximum of 3 credit hours in courses on German-related topics approved by the German Studies Department and taught by either the German Studies Department or another department, such as Film Studies, History, Art History, Music, Political Science, or Philosophy. These courses may be taught in German, English, or Yiddish.

Wahlpflichtmodule

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Berufsbezug

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Spezifische Probleme

none

Praktikum

German Studies majors and minors are eligible to participate in the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany Internship Program, a three-month paid summer internship in Germany.

Started by the German Studies Department's Advisory Council in 2010, the US-German Internship Program offers students the opportunity to become familiar with the German culture through a three-month (mid-May through mid-August) internship with host companies. To be eligible to participate, students must 1) have completed the requirements for the German Studies minor by the start date of the internship, 2) have completed at least four semesters of university coursework within one field, 3) be in a degree-seeking program with a graduation date after the completion of their internship program, and 4) be willing to commit to a full three month internship in Germany. Because the internships are coordinated by the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, most positions are in the fields of business and law, but there are occasional openings in the health sciences and other fields.

Kontrastsprache

English

Studentischer Arbeitsaufwand (nach ECTS)

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Modul-Prüfungsleistung

(Leistungsnachweise)

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Lern- und Qualifikationsziele/Berufsbezug

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The department offers both a major and minor in German Studies, and many students combine their study of German with another discipline. For instance, in the past few years German majors and minors have also majored or minored in Biology, Physics, Philosophy, Political Science, Business, History, Sociology, and Italian and then used that combination to gone on to pursue careers in medicine, education, law, business, and non-profit work. In addition to their course work in the department, majors and minors are encouraged to take electives with affiliated faculty that deal with topics relevant to the German-speaking world (e.g., a History course on World War I; a Music course on Richard Wagner; a Philosophy course on German Romanticism; a Political Science course on German politics).

Promotionsmöglichkeiten

Not in German Studies but in Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Jewish Studies

Forschungsschwerpunkte

The German Studies Department at Emory University is a team of teacher-scholars that has as its threefold mission (a) the interdisciplinary research of cultural phenomena in the German- and Yiddish-speaking worlds, (b) the development of students’ foreign cultural literacy through an articulated undergraduate curriculum, and (c) the fostering of connections between the department and other disciplines both at Emory University and beyond.

To carry out this mission, the German Studies faculty maintains an active research agenda into German and Yiddish culture and constantly looks to involve that research in its courses.

Besonderheiten

The undergraduate curriculum of the German Studies Department at Emory is the product of several years of intensive efforts by the German Studies faculty to address and overcome the division between so-called "language" courses at the lower levels of instruction and so-called "content" courses at the upper levels. Long the norm for so many collegiate language studies programs throughout the United States, this counter-productive division is ill-suited to maximize the limited contact hours that mark the undergraduate language learning experience. In contrast, a well-designed four-year curriculum that links the study of language and content at all levels of instruction articulates in a coherent way just how one curricular level builds on the previous level and prepares for the subsequent one, thus establishing a clear trajectory for achieving advancedness in the language in spite of the short amount of time available.

For its successful implementation of these many curricular and extra-curricular opportunities the department was recognized as one of the first two Centers of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German in 2012.

Kooperationspartnerschaften

Summer Study Abroad Program in Vienna, Austria. Our students take intermediate or advanced German courses that explore topics in Austrian cultural history. One of the elements that make this program unique is that students stay with host families and thus are afforded the opportunity to immerse themselves in Viennese daily life. Each summer there are a number of excursions to historical and cultural sites. In addition, students are reimbursed within reason for cultural activities in the city such as museum visits, and musical or opera performances.

The department also has affiliations with semester- and year-long study abroad programs at the universities of Freiburg, Berlin and Vienna,