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College
College of Arts and Sciences
Department
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/mcls
 

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in German Literature, Culture and Translation provides instruction designed to develop competence in oral and written communication; insights into language form, usage and meaning; and knowledge of German literature, cultural history and contemporary issues. Additionally, students will be introduced to basic skills in German to English translation. The flexibility of the major makes it easy to combine with a second major such as History, International Studies, Political Science or another foreign language. Combined with the Education minor, the German major leads to multi-age (K–12) teacher licensure in Ohio. Majors traditionally pursue a liberal arts program, which can be used as a stepping-stone to advanced study or professional preparation in fields such as engineering, international business, medicine and law.
 

Career Opportunities

Postsecondary teachers held nearly 1.7 million jobs in 2008. Data shows postsecondary teaching jobs in specialties having 20,000 or more jobs in 2008. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
 

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students..
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

All German Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the German Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in German Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated German faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Perform tasks at Intermediate High and Advanced Low levels of proficiency using the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Proficiency in ACTFL terms is understood to describe a range of qualities rather than an absolute norm and will vary according to task type, language function, topic, skill (listening, speaking, reading, writing), and so forth.

2. Contribute to most informal and some formal conversations with sufficient accuracy, clarity, and precision to convey their intended message without misrepresentation or confusion. They will for the most part be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.

3. Vary the register (formality level) of their speech.

4. Talk about personal interests, topics of general interest, literature and culture, and so forth in the target language

5. Listen to connected discourse on a variety of topics and understand main ideas and most details. This requires processing of different tenses, knowledge of discourse structure, cohesive devices, pronoun systems, and more.

6. Read somewhat longer and more complex prose that have been written for native speakers and not edited or adapted for students. They will be able to read a wide variety of text types such as poems, plays, novels, magazine articles, newspaper articles, brochures, pamphlets, menus, letters, and so forth, Some texts they will understand completely; for others they will be able to grasp the main idea and some or most details.

7. Compose routine social correspondence, take notes, write cohesive summaries and resumes, as well as narratives and descriptions of a factual nature in the target language. Additionally, they will be able to complete course-related writing tasks such as essays and term papers in the target language. They will be able to defend a thesis statement and make stylistic decisions based on the needs of specific audiences and on specific writing purposes.

8.  Demonstrate a historical knowledge of German history and culture and to understand the diverse nature of culture throughout the ages.

9. Discuss cultural differences, distinguishing between fact, opinion, stereotyping, etc.

10. Learn to recognize and esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural interaction. To this end, study abroad will be encouraged.

11. Learn to view concepts, issues, events, and themes from the perspectives of diverse ethnic and cultural groups and to esteem diversity as they gain the skills necessary for sensitive, effective interpersonal and intercultural communication. Additionally, in learning to recognize and accept cultural differences, they are able to maintain an ongoing assessment of their own cultural values and behaviors. A successful program will instill in our students a lifetime commitment and desire to continue learning about languages, literatures, and cultures different from their own.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Phi Sigma Iota
 

Advanced Degree Programs

German: Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy, Literature (M.A.), Secondary Education: German (M.A.T.), Translation: German (M.A.)

 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS*
Type Course Title Credits
  GER 11201 Elementary German I (4)  
    11202 Elementary German II (4)  
    21201 Intermediate German I (3)  
    21202 Intermediate German II (3)  
III. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (40 credits)**  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  GER 31201 Intensive German Grammar 3
    31211 German Composition and Conversation 3
    31215 German Phonetics and Diction 3
    31231 Translation Practice: German 1
    31303 Introduction to German Literature 3
    31421 German Civilization 3
    41211 Advanced German Composition and Conversation 3
WIC   41216 Contemporary German Culture*** 3
    41240 Business and Special Texts: German 3
DG MCLS 21417 Multiculturalism in Today's Germany 3
  TRST 30230 Approaches to Translation 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness (3)  
    30420 Foreign Language and Culture Studies (3)  
  Choose from the following: Upper-division German electives 6
  GER 31240 Conversation for Business and Special Purposes: German (3)  
    41095 Special Topics (3)  
    41096 Individual Investigation (3)  
    41230 Advanced Translation Practice: German (3)  
    41330 Twentieth-Century German Authors (3)  
    41332 German Literature by Women (3)  
    41334 The German Novella (3)  
    41335 German Drama (3)  
    41338 German Poetry (3)  
    41340 History of German Literature to 1750 (3)  
    41341 History of German Literature 1750 to the Present (3)  
    41365 Classical German Literature (3)  
    41731 Survey of German Cinema (3)  
IV. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (80 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 6
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)**** 3
  College General Requirements (must be Kent Core Social Sciences)***** 3
  College General Requirements (taken from any Kent Core Categories or Foreign Language) 14
  General Electives (minimum 8 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
24
MINIMUM TOTAL 
121

 

*Student majoring in German are expected to have some proficiency in German through high school study. Students with previous German study should take the German Placement Test and enroll in the correct course(s) based on their score. Students who have completed three or four years of high school German should see a German major advisor for placement. Student lacking in sufficient major-level proficiency to take the first major courses (GER 31201 and 31211) can reach it by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence (GER 11201, 11202, 21201 and 21202) based on their placement score and high school training.

** All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

***A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

*****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.
 

Note: All German Literature, Culture and Translation majors must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the German Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL. B.A. in German Literature, Culture and Translation candidates should consult with their designated German faculty advisor for more information on arranging to take the proficiency exams.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, and the German Literature, Culture and Tranlsation major requires Intermediate I and II of the same language.

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.