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2012-2013 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2012) 
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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   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 31 GERM & 31 SCED
  German Minor 12
  German Minor, Teaching Emphasis 16 GERM & 31 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)

German Major—Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure (31 GERM credits & 31 SCED credits) (2.5 GPA)


The following requirements only specify courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. To be licensed to teach in the Utah public secondary school system, students with a teaching emphasis must also complete additional courses (approximately 31 credits) required by the Secondary Education Program. For more information, please contact the Secondary Education Program, Education Building 330, or review the supplementary section, entitled Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) Level Outline .  

I. German and Linguistics Courses (31 credits)


1 Only 2 credits of GERM 4920  may count toward the German major.

2 LING 4100  should be taken at the beginning of the student’s coursework.

3 GERM 4200  should be taken near the end of the student’s coursework. However, GERM 4200  is not offered every year. Therefore, students should check to see when the course will be offered.


Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)-Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies

31 credits

Most of the courses listed below count for both teaching emphasis and the teaching minor.

C. Level 3

Because student teaching requires a major commitment of time and energy, students should take only the course listed below during this semester. Students are also urged to forgo outside employment, if possible, during the student teaching experience.


1 The Clinical Experience II course is taught under course number 4300 in various departments. Course title varies among departments.

2 The Special Methods II course is taught under course number 4400.

3 LING 4300  and  LING 4400  must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the major or minor. These courses should be taken the Fall semester before student teaching.

German Teaching Emphasis and/or Minor— Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure (major 35 credits) (minor 20 credits) (2.5 GPA)

It is possible to have a teaching emphasis within a major or minor in German without receiving Secondary School teaching licensure. However, unless the student is an elementary education major, he or she would not be able to teach in Utah public schools (nor at many private ones). Graduating without licensure may allow employment at some community colleges and universities.

In order to complete the German Major—Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure, students must fulfill all of the requirements listed under Section I (German and Linguistics Courses) of the German Major—Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School Licensure (31 credits), plus LING 4300  and LING 4400 , for a total of 35 credits.

Similarly, to complete a German Minor—Teaching Emphasis without Secondary School Licensure, students must fulfill all of the requirements listed under Section I (German and Linguistics Courses) of the German Minor—Teaching Emphasis with Secondary School licensure (16 credits), plus LING 3300  and LING 4400  for a total of 20 credits.

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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