Please note: The information displayed here is current as of Thursday, October 19, 2017, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

2017-2018 Course Catalog

Required for the German major

  1. Sixty units beyond GER 202, including GER 285 and 312. At least 36 of these units must be taken at Lawrence. Only 12 units taught in English may count toward the major, but tutorials taken in conjunction with English courses may count as German credit.
  2. Students usually complete a capstone project in the senior seminar or in conjunction with a departmental course taken during the senior year.
  3. Students who expect to graduate present a portfolio by the second week of their final term. The student's advisor will review a portfolio consisting of the following materials submitted electronically:
    1. a brief statement in which students evaluate their development as German majors
    2. a list of courses taken for the major
    3. sample pages of Lesejournale from all German courses numbered 300 and above taken at Lawrence
    4. four papers from upper-level courses, two of which may be from courses taken abroad
    5. a copy of the capstone paper

Required for the German minor

  1. Thirty-six units beyond GER 202, including GER 285 and 312. At least 24 of these units must be taken at Lawrence. Only six units taught in English may count toward the minor, but tutorials taken in conjunction with English courses may count as German credits.
  2. A C average in the minor is also required.

Teacher certification in German (K-12)

German majors can seek certification to teach German at the elementary and secondary levels. To be certified, students must spend a term in a German-speaking country studying the language and culture and must pass an oral and writing proficiency test. Students can add an endorsement in a second area (such as another language or English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.

Senior Experience in German

The German department's revised Senior Experience consists of a longer, research paper to be completed either through an independent study or the senior seminar. Students should develop individual paper topics by the end of Fall Term. The capstone project may be completed during Winter Term, or it may spill over into an independent study during Spring Term.

In either case, the senior seminar allows students to help each other develop their ideas and arguments; they will also present their findings to the entire senior cohort.
Students who are pursuing a double major or teacher certification should work with all concerned departments to assess the feasibility of an interdisciplinary capstone.

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