German Literature, Culture and Translation - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
109 Satterfield Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2150
mcls@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/mcls


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature, Culture and Translation provides instruction designed to develop competence in oral and written communication; insights into language form, usage and meaning; and knowledge of German literature, cultural history and contemporary issues. Additionally, students will be introduced to basic skills in German-to-English translation. The flexibility of the major makes it easy to combine with a second major such as History, International Studies, Political Science or another foreign language. Combined with the Education minor, the German major leads to multi-age (K–12) teacher licensure in Ohio.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Perform tasks at intermediate high and advanced low levels of proficiency as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Proficiency, in ACTFL terms, is understood to describe a range of qualities rather than an absolute norm and will vary according to task type, language function, topic, skill (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and so forth.
  2. Contribute to most informal and some formal conversations with sufficient accuracy, clarity and precision to convey their intended message without misrepresentation or confusion.
  3. Read complex and a wide variety of texts written for native speakers of German and not edited or adapted for non-native speakers.
  4. Compose routine social correspondence and write cohesive summaries, narratives and descriptions of a factual nature in German.
  5. Demonstrate a historical knowledge of German history and culture and understand the diverse nature of culture throughout the ages.
  6. Discuss cultural differences, distinguishing between fact, opinion and stereotypes.
  7. Communicate effectively and sensitively to diverse ethic and cultural groups.
  8. View concepts, issues, events and themes from the perspectives of diverse ethnic and cultural groups.
  9. Esteem diversity.
  10. Maintain an ongoing assessment of their own cultural values and behaviors.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-GLCT]

Prerequisite Requirements 1
ELEMENTARY GERMAN I
ELEMENTARY GERMAN II
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II
Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
GER 31201INTENSIVE GERMAN GRAMMAR 3
GER 31211GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
GER 31215GERMAN PHONETICS AND DICTION 3
GER 31231TRANSLATION PRACTICE: GERMAN 1
GER 31303INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE 3
GER 31421GERMAN CIVILIZATION 3
GER 41211ADVANCED GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
GER 41216CONTEMPORARY GERMAN CULTURE (ELR) (WIC) 23
GER 41240BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: GERMAN 3
MCLS 20000GLOBAL LITERACY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS 3
or MCLS 30420 FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES
MCLS 21417MULTICULTURALISM IN TODAY'S GERMANY (DIVG) 3
TRST 30230APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
Major Electives, choose from the following:6
CONVERSATION FOR BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PURPOSES: GERMAN
SPECIAL TOPICS
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION
ADVANCED TRANSLATION PRACTICE: GERMAN (ELR) (WIC) 2
TWENTIETH-CENTURY GERMAN AUTHORS (ELR) (WIC) 2
GERMAN LITERATURE BY WOMEN
THE GERMAN NOVELLA
GERMAN DRAMA
GERMAN POETRY
HISTORY OF GERMAN LITERATURE TO 1750
HISTORY OF GERMAN LITERATURE 1750 TO THE PRESENT
CLASSICAL GERMAN LITERATURE (ELR) (WIC) 2
SURVEY OF GERMAN CINEMA
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 33
College General Requirements (must be Kent Core Social Sciences) 43
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)37
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students who already have some proficiency in German through high school study should take the German Placement Test prior to their first advising appointment so they can enroll in the correct course(s). Students who have completed three or four years of high school German should see a German advisor for placement. Students lacking in sufficient proficiency for the first major courses (GER 31201 and GER 31211) can reach it by taking courses in the prerequisite sequence (GER 11201, GER 11202, GER 21201 and GER 21202) based on their placement score and high school training.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

3

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). The course may not be from the student's major.

4

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Proficiency Exams

  • All students in the German Literature, Culture and Translation major must take the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the German Outcomes Assessment Test, prior to being cleared for graduation. Information about the exams can be found on the ACTFL Website and the Language Testing International (LTI) website, the exclusive licensee of ACTFL.

Program Note

  • Some courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies are offered on a rotating basis, and course availability may change at any time. Visit the department's website for course offering projections and advising with course planning.
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
MCLS 21417 MULTICULTURALISM IN TODAY'S GERMANY (DIVG) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!MCLS 20000
GLOBAL LITERACY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS
or FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE STUDIES
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!GER 31201 INTENSIVE GERMAN GRAMMAR 3
!GER 31211 GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!GER 31303 INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE 3
!GER 31421 GERMAN CIVILIZATION 3
College General Requirement 3
College General Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!GER 31231 TRANSLATION PRACTICE: GERMAN 1
!TRST 30230 APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 2
GER 31215 GERMAN PHONETICS AND DICTION 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
GER 41240 BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TEXTS: GERMAN 3
!Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!GER 41211 ADVANCED GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3
!Major Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Note: ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, ACTFL Written Proficiency Test and Departmental Outcomes Assessment Test should be taken in this semester.  
GER 41216 CONTEMPORARY GERMAN CULTURE (ELR) (WIC) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120