German Studies

Germany continues to be at the forefront of US and world trade. Germany was the world’s biggest exporter in 2007, even ahead of China. The United States imports more from Germany than from any other European country and is the second-largest market for German exports. Over 2000 American companies conduct business in German-speaking countries and more than 1000 companies based in German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the US.

But it’s not all about money. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. The histories of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are intertwined, but each of these countries has distinct traditions that contribute to what we in the US think of as “German” culture. German is the language of many of the world’s great artists, poets, scientists, philosophers, musicians and dramatists. Almost any major you choose in college will include some German-related content. You have probably heard of Goethe, Kafka, Thomas Mann, Brecht, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, Freud, Jung, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Einstein . . . the list goes on.

But it’s not all about the past. Courses for the German Studies major also focus on popular culture, politics, and contemporary issues. The study of German is well supported by fellowship and exchange programs from both the German and US governments, including the Fulbright Program, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, the Bundestag Internship Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange.

Opportunities Abroad: German

German Faculty

Jeanette Clausen
Susanne Wagner

German Studies at UALR

A German Studies major (BA degree) consists of 30 credit hours above the 1000 level; six of the 30 hours (2 courses) may in a related discipline such as art history, philosophy, political science, or history (subject to faculty approval). A minor in German consists of 21 credit hours above the 1000-level. Please refer to the UALR Undergraduate Catalog for descriptions of these programs.

Comparison:  German Major/BA and German Major plus Teaching Licensure

German major: GERM-BA
(30-36 cr.)
German major with Teaching License:
(6cr.)* GERM 1311 + 1312 Elementary German
I + II
(6 cr) Same
6 cr. GERM 2311 Intermediate German
I & II
6 cr. Same
3 cr. GERM 3334 German Culture & Civilization 3 cr. Same
9 cr. GERM courses at the 3000 and
4000 level
9 cr. Same
6 cr. Approved upper-level courses
in other disciplines or additional upper-level GERM courses
6 cr. All courses counted toward the German major with teaching licensure must have a GERM prefix.  Courses in other disciplines will not be counted toward teaching licensure requirements for German.
3 cr. GERM 4361: Seminar (German Literature) 3 cr.
3 cr. GERM 4151, 4152, 4153 Senior
Research Project
3 cr.**
30-36 cr. 30-36 cr.
Second Language Ed Courses
3 cr, LANG 4322 Methods of Teaching Second Languages
3 cr. LANG 4323 Second Language Acquisition
3 cr. LANG 4324 Teaching People of Other Cultures
3 cr. LANG 4325 Second Language Assessment
42-48 cr.
 Secondary Education Minor (18 cr., plus Praxis I and II Exams)
Block I
(3 cr.)
SCED 3210 Instructional Skills & Assessment
SCED 3110 Instructional Skills
Successful completion of the Praxis I exam is required before starting Block II
Block II
(6 cr.)
SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
SCED 4124 Classroom Management
Block III (9
TCED 4600 Student Teaching
SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching
18 cr.
Recommended:  a minor in a subject taught in secondary schools
18-24 cr. Depends on field

∗ Students who have studied German prior to entering UALR should take the placement test (G-CAPE) to determine their level (call Testing Services, 569 3198). The 6 hours of GERM 1311 + 1312 are not required for students who test into 2311.

∗∗ An official ACTRL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview is required for all students seeking teacher licensure in French, German, or Spanish. Certification at the Advanced-low oral proficiency level is encouraged.