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  Jan 18, 2018
2014-2015 General Catalog (Spring, Summer 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

German - BA

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •  ,   and GERM 3540  will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) and Social Sciences (DSS)


French, German, and Spanish Major Programs

The goal of the French, German, and Spanish BA degree programs is to prepare students to be able to take advanced studies in these languages, literatures, and cultures; to be quality teachers of these languages, literatures, and cultures in the public schools; and to provide those who may enter other professions a solid grounding in these languages, literatures, and cultures, in order that they may function as members of the international community. The curricula supporting these goals includes courses in language, literature, civilization, culture, and linguistics. See the course requirements which follow.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Course Requirements

Language Major Requirements

German Major and Minor Requirements

Minimum Departmental Requirements
Total Credits:

  German Major 33
  German Major, Teaching Emphasis 35 GERM & 27 SCED
  German Minor 12
  German Minor, Teaching Emphasis 20 GERM & 27 SCED
  German Major, Teaching Emphasis without licensure 35
  German Minor, Teaching Emphasis without licensure 20
Grade Point Average to Declare a Major or Minor 2.5 Career GPA
Grade Point Average to Graduate with Major or Minor 2.5 GPA within Major/Minor Classes
A minimum of 50 percent of major credits must be earned at USU  

Courses for German Majors and Minors require a minimum of C- or better.

Courses for German Majors and Minors may not be taken on a Pass/ Fail Basis.

German Major (33 credits) (2.5 GPA)

A. Required Course (3 credits)


Credits obtained in lower-division German courses cannot be applied toward the German major programs.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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