• Students can spend a semester or a year studying abroad
  • Collaboration to improve teaching is part of being at MTSU
  • High school German can help you earn as much as 12 credit hours

German

Long the language of some of the world’s greatest minds—philosophers, scientists, authors—German has become the language of business throughout the European Union. Even better, since it exists on the same branch of the linguistic family tree as English, German shares many words with its cousin, making the Teutonic tongue easier to learn than most. Many doors are opened by learning this important language.

Make those hours count

If you took German in high school or have otherwise acquired a proficiency in the language, you may take a placement test to determine the appropriate course to enroll in. After successfully completing that course, you will receive credit for all lower-numbered courses—meaning that you might earn three to twelve extra course hours. The placement test is computerized and can be taken on a walk-in basis until the end of the registration/drop-add period. No grade is assigned for credit earned through advanced placement.

A fair exchange

For more than a quarter of a century, MTSU’s German program has conducted an exchange program with the Germersheim branch of Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, which specializes in the study of foreign languages and the training of language teachers, interpreters, and translators. Each year, MTSU sends up to four students to Germersheim for a semester or the entire academic year. Students receive 12 hours of upper level German for each semester.

Germany is the European Union’s #1 economy and the world’s second-largest exporter. When you speak German, you’re speaking the language of business for much of the industrialized world, which in turn means job opportunities abound for the focused, fluent speaker.

Examples include

  • Bilingual customer support
  • College professor
  • Court interpreter
  • Cultural attaché
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service officer
  • High school teacher
  • International account manager
  • Interpreter
  • Proofreader
  • Study abroad program coordinator
  • Translator
  • Travel agent
  • Travel guide

The major in Foreign Languages has four concentrations—FrenchGerman, Japanese, and Spanish—and leads to either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Minors are offered in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Kurdish, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian are available.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Interdisciplinary minors coordinated through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures include Classical Studies, Early Modern European Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistic Studies, and Portuguese Studies.

Students in German can study abroad for a semester or a full year at Johannes-Gutenberg Universität.

Students wishing to teach in elementary and secondary schools need to seek licensure in a foreign language. This requires the equivalent of a major in that language (Spanish, French, or German); FL4500 Introduction to Teaching a Foreign Language; and a minor in Education.

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T).

German (B.A.) German (B.S.) German Teacher Licensure 


Foreign Languages, German Concentration, B.A.

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
615-898-5122
Thomas Heine, program coordinator
Thomas.Heine@mtsu.edu
 

A major in Foreign Languages with a German concentration consists of 35 semester hours (excluding 1010) and must include at least 20 hours of upper-division work. Before beginning the junior year, the student should file a degree plan with his or her advisor.

Academic Maps

Following are printable, suggested four-year schedules of courses:

Foreign Languages, German, B.A., Academic Map  

Foreign Languages, German (Study Abroad), B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is recommended for this major:

  • HUM 2610

Major Requirements (35 hours)

  • GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German  6 credit hours  (only 3 credit hours counted toward degree) 

    GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

 

  • GERM 4000-level 6 credit hours
  • GERM 3000-4000 level 14 credit hours

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (26-29 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Foreign Languages, German

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm)  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • GERM 1010 - Elementary German I  3 credit hours  AND  AND 

    GERM 1010 - Elementary German I

    3 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.

  • GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German  6 credit hours  (only 3 hours may be counted for the degree.)  (only 3 hours may be counted for the degree.) 

    GERM 1040 - Intensive Elementary German

    6 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. GERM 1040 counts as combined credit for GERM 1010 and GERM 1020.

 

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)  OR  (Hum/FA)  OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)  OR  (Hum/FA)  OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

  • GERM 3000 2 credit hours or an upper-division, 3-hour German elective
  • GERM 3000-4000 level elective 3 credit hours
  • General electives 13 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • GERM 4000-level electives 6 credit hours
  • GERM 3000-4000 level electives 9 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General electives 7 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours