Graduate Catalog 2004-2005
German, Russian, & East Asian Languages
|Professors:||Heinz Bulmahn, Ph.D.; Geoffrey Howes, Ph.D.|
|Associate Professors:||Kristie Foell, Ph.D.; Christina Guenther, Ph.D.; Timothy Pogacar, Ph.D.|
|Assistant Professors:||Edgar Landgraf, Ph.D.; Theodore Rippey, Ph.D.|
|Lecturer:||Irina Stakhanova, Ph.D.|
The Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages offers programs leading to the Master of Arts in German and the Master of Arts in Teaching German. It is also possible to pursue a dual Master of Arts in German and Political Science, History, Teaching English as a Second Language, or Music History, as well as other disciplines.
The graduate programs in German are flexible enough to meet a variety of student needs and career orientations, such as teaching, government positions, and corporate employment. Students interested in secondary-level teaching can work on obtaining teacher certification while earning a master's degree. Students can pursue a Ph.D. preparatory program with a strong concentration in literature and culture. The curriculum includes language training, with courses in composition, stylistics, and phonetics, as well as technical translating and business German. The department also has a writer-in-residence program.
M.A. students ordinarily fulfill part of their degree requirements in Salzburg, Austria, through the department's Academic Year Abroad (AYA) program. Students usually spend their first year of study in Salzburg and complete their degree on the University campus the following year.
Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Admission to graduate study in German requires an undergraduate major or minor in German (not less than 20 semester hours beyond the intermediate level). Applicants with less background may be accepted, provided they are willing to make up the deficiencies specified by the graduate coordinator.
As a basic entrance standard, the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages looks for a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) and a GPA of 3.2 or better in German. Applicants' ability in the German language is an important factor in admission decisions.
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in German should follow the instructions outlined in the "Graduate Admission" section of this catalog.
Master of Arts in Teaching
Degree requirements are listed under the heading of Master of Arts in Teaching in the "Degree Programs" section of this catalog. A copy of the specific M.A.T. requirements in German will be provided on request.
Master of Arts
A candidate may pursue a Master of Arts degree in German under the following two plans:
Plan I: Candidates must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate credit that includes the writing of a formal thesis for six hours of credit. Students must pass an oral examination on the thesis and a related area.
Plan II: Candidates must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate credit. No formal thesis is required. Students must pass a written examination on an area of specialization and an oral follow-up examination on the area of specialization and a related area.
Please access graduate courses online at http://webapps.bgsu.edu/courses/search.php. Graduate courses offered by the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages use the prefixes: GERM and GREA.