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2019-2020 Course Catalog

Required for the major in German

Students who complete the major in German will demonstrate proficiency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at the intermediate-high to advanced-low level according to American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines. They will show an ability to deal independently with a variety of German literary and cultural texts and to summarize main arguments and plot in these texts and to situate texts in their literary, historical, and cultural context. At the culmination of the major, students will develop and pursue one or more questions relevant to the discipline of German studies using literary and cultural texts as a primary resource.

The major in German requires:

  1. 60 units beyond GER 202, including GER 285: Advanced Composition and Conversation and GER 312: Reading Texts and Contexts. At least 36 of these units must be taken at Lawrence. Only 12 units taught in English may count toward the major, but tutorials in German taken in conjunction with courses taught in English 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 (see Senior Experience below).
  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

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.

Required for the minor in German

  1. Thirty-six units beyond GER 202, including GER 285: Advanced Composition and Conversation and GER 312: Reading Texts and Contexts. 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.

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 Studies section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.