German - M.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 Master of Arts degree in German provides advanced education in German with emphasis on language, linguistics, literatures and cultures and the latest methodologies in the teaching of German. , and on linguistics 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

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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

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 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
GER 51212STYLISTICS 3
Elective3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:27-30
Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy
Literature
Minimum Total Credit Hours:33-36

Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
GER 51216CONTEMPORARY GERMAN CULTURE 3
MCLS 50660METHODS OF TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES 13
MCLS 60601LINGUISTICS FOR THE LANGUAGE PROFESSIONS 3
MCLS 60661THEORIES IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 3
MCLS 60698SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH METHODS 3
Second Language Courses9
Literature and Culture/Civilization Electives6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:30
1

Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660.

Literature Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
GER 61001GRADUATE RESEARCH AND WRITING IN GERMAN 3
GER 61199THESIS I 16
Electives 218
Minimum Total Credit Hours:27
1

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.

2

A maximum 6 credit hours of individual investigation research may be applied toward the degree.

Graduation Requirements

  • 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.