German Graduate Program

Graduate advisor

(faculty)
Work OLDH 1103
Lincoln NE 68588-0315
US
Work 402-472-3745 On-campus 2-3745

The UNL Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a stimulating environment for graduate work in German. The program emphasizes proficiency in major areas of German literature and Pedagogy; it includes courses in 16th-Century Literature, Baroque, Enlightenment, and Age of Goethe, 19th- Century Literature with emphasis on Romanticism and Realism, and 20th-Century Literature including GDR-Literature. Courses and seminars offered represent a spectrum of broad topics and highly specialized themes. Emphasis is placed on discussions, reports, and close work with professors. Special Modern Languages courses are conceived as essential to graduate work in German such as Introduction to Literary Criticism and a course on Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching Methods.

Distinctive Features

The graduate program in German offers the opportunity to take comparative courses in literature and philosophy as well as courses in literary criticism, advanced pedagogy, and women’s studies. The Department organizes an annual series of colloquia in which faculty and graduate students present papers reporting on their current research in anticipation of participating in regional or national conferences. Students and faculty organize a film club and informal gatherings for discussion, dramatic readings or music. The Stammtisch offers students an opportunity to use their German in a casual setting. Both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as some faculty members, take part in the Wednesday afternoon sessions which are held in a downtown location within walking distance of the campus. Graduate students have a voice in significant departmental matters and elect representatives to the Executive Committee. The Department offers a congenial atmosphere and encourages a close working relationship between students and faculty. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for annual departmental Grants in Aid to assist faculty members with specific projects.

Double Major Masters in German and in Foreign Language Pedagogy With Opportunity for Nebraska Teaching Certificate

The Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures (Arts and Sciences) and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teaching Education (College of Education and Human Sciences) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offer a Double Major Masters in German and German Language Pedagogy. This program offers students the opportunity to pursue studies in content and pedagogy, while gaining hands-on teaching experience. Participants gain in-depth knowledge of German language, literature and culture while learning the theory and practice of teaching German, including optimal integration of technology in the classroom.

Duration of Study for Double Major Masters in German and in Foreign Language Pedagogy

During the double major program students have the opportunity to complete all requirements for a Nebraska teaching certificate. If doing so, the program takes three years to complete. If not pursuing a Nebraska teaching certificate, students take two years to complete the double major program.

German MA Degree

The program of study leading to a M.A. degree in German takes two years and includes courses in German literature and Philology/Linguistics, with possibilities for collateral work in other fields. All work required for a M.A. must be completed within six consecutive calendar years. The degree is excellent preparation for either a career in secondary education or for further graduate study at the doctoral level. Two courses are required of every person enrolled in a graduate program of study leading to the M.A. degree. These courses, Introduction to Literary Criticism (ML 870) and Applied Linguistics and methodology (ML 880), provide an essential foundation in the intellectual context and the practical application of knowledge in teaching a foreign language. A waiver may be obtained if similar course work has been completed elsewhere.

MA Options

The following options are available for studies leading to a M.A. in German. You will want to discuss these options with your advisor to determine which option best fulfills your professional objectives. Once you fill your Memorandum of Courses, you may not change the option you have chosen.

Option I requires a minimum of 36 credit hours that culminate in a set of comprehensive exams. Six to ten of these hours are devoted to researching and writing a THESIS. At least eight of these 36 hours must be taken in seminars (900 level courses). Option I also provides the opportunity to take a minor of at least nine hours in a related field. If you have a minor, one member of your committee must be from the department offering the minor. The minor should be in an area offering a graduate degree at UNL, such as, History, Psychology, Sociology, English, or another language. Undergraduate programs when not offered as a M.A. Program cannot be selected as a minor. At least 10-12 hours of require credit must be in regularly scheduled campus courses.

Option II requires a minimum of 36 credit hours that culminate in a set of comprehensive exams. No thesis is included; rather, Option II allows you to pursue more course hours in related studies. Your 36 hours may include 18 hours in the major and nine hours in one MINOR, or your 36-hour total may include at least 15 hours in the major and nine hours in each of two MINORS. At least one member of your committee must be from the department offering the minor. The minor should be in an area offering a graduate degree at UNL, such as, History, Psychology, Sociology, English, or another language. Undergraduate programs when not offered as a M.A. program cannot be selected as a minor. The overall total of 36 credit hours must include at least 12 hours of work in seminars (900 level courses).

Option III requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Option III does not require a thesis or a minor, but instead calls for increased work at the seminar level. No less than 18 hours of the 36 hour total are required at the 900 level. At least 18 hours must be completed in regularly scheduled campus courses. Like Options I and 11, Option III also calls for a set of comprehensive exams.

Duration of Study for German MA Degree

An MA student, supported by the Graduate Committee Chair (Graduate advisor), is expected to complete the degree in four semesters. Any time beyond that requires a petition to the Graduate Committee.

MA Advisor

When you enter the MA program, the first person to contact is the Graduate Advisor for German. The German Graduate Advisor will discuss your interests, previous experience, and the various options available to you, requirements, deadlines, scholarship opportunities, and will advise you concerning your program of studies. In addition to this introduction to the program, the Graduate Advisor for German monitors your progress and keeps you informed about deadlines in order to file your Memorandum of Courses with the Office of Graduate Studies at the appropriate time.

Beginning in the second semester, as you proceed with your course work and constitute your MA Supervisory Committee, the person you choose as chair of you committee becomes your primary advisor with regard to the content and completion of your program, which includes course work, comprehensive exams and, with option I, our thesis.

Linguistic Competency

We strongly recommend that students pass the Goethe-Institut Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung (ZMP) while in the program.