German - M.A.
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies
109 Satterfield Hall
The Master of Arts degree in German provides advanced education in German with emphasis on language, linguistics, literature and cultures and the latest methodologies in the teaching of German.
The German major comprises the following concentrations:
- The Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration is intended primarily for those who are currently teaching in (or wish to teach in) elementary and secondary schools, and for those who wish to increase their effectiveness as teachers.
- The Literature concentration is intended for those who wish to purse a doctorate in German literature and culture or simply increase their knowledge of German literature and culture along with their command of the German language.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale
- Official transcript(s)
- Goal statement
- A CD or MP3/wav file with a 5-10-minute oral sample in the applicant's first and second languages (conversational, not read from a script)
- Writing sample(s) in the applicant's second language, which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation. International applicants should also submit a writing sample in English
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
|Choose from the following:||27-30|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||33-36|
|GER 51216||CONTEMPORARY GERMAN CULTURE||3|
|MCLS 50660||METHODS OF TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES 1||3|
|MCLS 60601||LINGUISTICS FOR THE LANGUAGE PROFESSIONS||3|
|MCLS 60661||THEORIES IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION||3|
|MCLS 60698||SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH METHODS||3|
|Second Language Courses||9|
|Literature and Culture/Civilization Electives||6|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||30|
Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660.
|GER 61001||GRADUATE RESEARCH AND WRITING IN GERMAN||3|
|GER 61199||THESIS I 1||6|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||27|
Students who anticipate enrolling in a Ph.D. program elsewhere after completing the M.A. are urged to write a thesis. Students who write a thesis must pass a modified comprehensive examination.
A maximum 6 credit hours of individual investigation research may be applied toward the degree.
- Students in the Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration must successfully complete a final project, a portfolio or a comprehensive examination. In addition, students complete an exit oral interview and an exit essay examination in German. Students are encouraged to enroll in study-abroad courses (maximum 6 credit hours) and in specialized workshops in advanced language or pedagogy (maximum 4 credit hours). Departmental permission must be obtained before enrolling in such programs.
- Students in the Literature concentration must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.