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Requirements for the Major

Students can choose a concentration in German or Scandinavian Studies. Students may also specialize in STEM-German. Prerequisites for the German concentration are GERMAN 110, 120, 230, 240, or their equivalents. Prerequisites for the Scandinavian concentration are SWEDISH 110, 120, 230, and 240, or their equivalents. Students interested in applying for the major should meet with the undergraduate program director, who will help them determine their language proficiency. In general, four years of high school German or Swedish should guarantee proficiency through the 240 level (one year of high school German equals approximately one semester of university German). Students must complete 10 major courses. For the German concentration, these include courses in advanced German language, culture, and composition. The Scandinavian concentration includes courses in advanced Swedish and Scandinavian culture and history. All students choose electives in history and society, literature and linguistics, film and visual culture, and cultural studies. In their senior year, majors in both concentrations must also complete a capstone project under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

 

Students may readily combine a German major with courses in a different field. Our students frequently have a second major or a minor in Anthropology, Linguistics, History, Political Science, Business, English, Environmental Studies, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism Management or one of the many other languages offered at UMass. Double majors are encouraged.

 

German Concentration

 

Prerequisites: German 110, 120, 230, and 240 or their equivalents

 

Group A – Four German language courses above the 240 (4th semester) level
GERMAN 310: Advanced German I

GERMAN 311: Reading German Culture

GERMAN: 320 Advanced German II

GERMAN: 425 Advanced German III (Topics in German Studies)

*Or their equivalents*

 

Group B– Six additional courses, approved by German and Scandinavian Studies from the following areas:
1. History and Society 

2. Literature and Linguistics

3. Film and Visual Culture

4. Cultural Studies

5. Junior Year Writing+

6. Capstone/Integrative Experience+

 

+Junior Year Writing and Capstone/Integrative Experience must be replaced by an approved elective course if taken in another major

Exceptions, equivalencies, approvals, and substitutions may be made by the Undergraduate Adviser


 

Scandinavian Concentration

 

Prerequisites: Swedish 110, 120, 230, and 240 or their equivalents

 

Group A – Six required courses in Scandinavian studies

SWEDISH 310: Advanced Swedish I

SWEDISH 320: Advanced Swedish II

SCAND 250: Hans Christian Andersen

SCAND 597B: Ibsen and Strindberg

Junior Year Writing+

Capstone/Integrative Experience+

 

+Junior Year Writing and Capstone/Integrative Experience must be replaced by an approved elective course if taken in another major

*Exceptions, equivalencies, approvals, and substitutions may be made by the Undergraduate Adviser

 

Group B – Four additional courses approved by German and Scandinavian Studies

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***Note on General Education Courses: The University allows only ONE general education (Gen. Ed.) course to simultaneously fulfill a major requirement. For General Education course offerings in German and Scandinavian Studies see Courses.