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GERMAN STUDIES

 

THE GERMAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Program Description

In its reconstituted form, Germany has again become a major player in European and global affairs. Germany has always been considered important to European development-at various times it has been called the crossroads of the entire continent-but the economic might of modern Germany and the integration of the European Union have now made American understanding of German culture and civilization, of Germany's contributions to the development of western civilization, more important to-and worthy of study by-American students than at any other time since 1945. Based on the premise that understanding is beneficial to the citizens of both nations in a variety of ways, Case Western Reserve University has responded to Americans' need for preparation for the challenges of the 21st century by establishing the German Studies Program, an integrated program of study leading to the B.A. degree. The German Studies Program prepares students for life-long learning, enables and encourages them to pursue a course of study that helps prepare them for a career in international business, for study toward a graduate degree in a variety of disciplines, or for future study in professional programs such as law, business administration, and others.

Facilities available to students in the German Studies Program include the many printed and other resources available in the Max Kade Reading Room, Clark Hall Room 113.

The Major in German Studies

The German Studies major differs from the traditional German language and literature major by the breadth of its offerings. A German Studies major encourages students to study in several disciplines from a generous selection of approved courses in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and economics. A graduate of the German Studies Program is expected: to be prepared for lifelong learning; to be knowledgeable about and conversant in German contributions to western culture in such areas as literature, film, philosophy, and music; to be proficient in the German language; to understand and be able to discuss German history, government, attitudes about religion; and to use all of the above as the mark of an educated person in pursuit of a career in business or in study toward a graduate or professional degree.

Requirements for the Major in German Studies
Thirty hours from the list of approved German studies courses. Courses must include German 303 and 311, and German Studies 398 (Senior Colloquium) or equivalent. No more than 9 courses of the approved list may be in any one department.

Sample Concentrations for the German Studies Major
History and philosophy
German literature and theater history
Political science and history
Art history, music history, and religion; etc.

Note that the above combinations are examples only. Within program requirements, students are free to shape the major as they wish based on their own intellectual interests.

Requirements for a Minor in German Studies
At least one of German 303 or 311; four additional 300-level courses on the approved list of German studies courses from any two departments; or a thematic course of study (12 hours) approved in advance by the director of the German Studies Program.

A list of the approved courses for German Studies can be found here.