German Studies

This program is not accepting any new admissions at this time. Please refer to the Department of Culture and Media Studies for further information on the Concentration in German Studies.

German Studies is an Interdisciplinary Minor, Major and Honours Program offered jointly by the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University. The German Studies Program provides the opportunity to combine the study of the language, literature, history, political science, and various socio-cultural aspects of the German-speaking peoples within the context of a larger Europe. The attainment of proficiency in the German language is an integral part of German Studies at all levels. A committee drawn from the departments involved in the program administers the program. Interested students should contact the Director, who is normally the Chair of the Department of Culture and Language Studies.

Program Structure

Note: Students in the German Studies Program must successfully complete a total of four term courses (12 ch) in German language acquisition at the first and second year levels or otherwise demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written German.

  1. Two term courses (6 ch) of third- or fourth-year German language acquisition courses or equivalent (selected from Group A);
  2. One term course (3 ch) in the area of German literature, civilization, cultural topics, or linguistics (selected from Group B);
  3. One term course (3 ch) in the area of German history (selected from Group C);
  4. One term course (3 ch) in the area of German and European politics (selected from Group D);
  5. Five term courses (15 ch) from any of the five areas of concentration listed below; however, students are encouraged to choose these five courses from only one or two areas of concentration.

Note: Students pursuing Honours in German Studies must take seven term courses (21 ch) from any of the five areas of concentration listed below. A minimum  of four term courses (12 ch) must be taken from a single area of concentration. No course must have a grade below B-.

Major in German Studies

A Major in German Studies consists of 42 ch with a minimum of ten term courses (30 ch) mostly, but not exclusively, at the third- and fourth-year levels.

Minor in German Studies

A Minor in German Studies (24 ch) consists of

  1. Four term courses (12 ch) of first and second year German language acquisition courses,
  2. One term course (3 ch) in German Culture: GER/GS 1061 German Culture I or GER/GS 1071 German Culture II,
  3. One term course (3 ch) in German history,
  4. Two term courses (6 ch) from any of the five areas of concentration listed below.

Honours in German Studies

An Honours Program in German Studies consists of 48 ch with a minimum of twelve term courses (36 ch) taken at the third- and fourth-year levels with no grades below B-.

Areas of Concentration

A. German Language Courses:

GER/GS 3011 Modern German Usage I
GER/GS 3022 Modern German Usage II
GER/GS 4013 Advanced German Usage I
GER/GS 4023 Advanced German Usage II

B. German Literature, Civilization, Cultural Topics, or Linguistics (+ = offered at St. Thomas University)

GER/GS 1113 Introduction to Modern German Literature in Translation
GER/GS 3061 German Culture I
GER/GS 3071 German Culture II
GER/GS/LING 3033 Introduction to Linguistics
GER/GS 3043 Introduction to German Literature I
GER/GS 3045 Intro. to 20th-C German Literature in Translation I
GER/GS 3053 Introduction to German Literature II
GER/GS/WLCS 3054 Crimes and Misdemeanors
GER/GS/WLCS 3055 Intro. to 20th-C German Literature in Translation II
GER/GS/WLCS 3063 Literature of the Holocaust
GER/GS 3066 Early German Cinema
GER/GS 3072 Studies in Contemporary German Cinema
GER/GS 3073 Narrative Forms
GER/GS 3083 Seminar I: Genre
GER/GS 4053 Seminar II: Author
GER/GS 4073 Literary Texts
ENGL 3563 Fiction, Drama and Film: Study in Narrative I

C. German History (+ = offered at St. Thomas University)

HIST 3006 The Protestant Reformation
HIST 3085 Germany 1900-1945
HIST 3095 The Germanies, 1945 to the present
HIST 3775 History of Music in the Late Baroque and Classical Period
HIST 3785 History of Music in the Romantic Era
HIST 3795 A History of Music in the Twentieth Century
HIST 3796 History of the Music Dramas of Richard Wagner
HIST 4015 The Origin of the Second World War
HIST 5010 Reformation and Revolution in 16th Century Europe
HIST 5015 Reformation and Revolution in 16th-Century Europe
HIST 5026 Fascist Movements 
HIST 5035 The Holocaust
HIST 5080 Aspects of German History
+HIST 2043 Modern Europe
+HIST 2233 Early Modern Europe
+HIST 3263 European Social Policy in Comparative Perspective
+HIST 3333 Totalitarianism Extended: The Age of Dictators
+HIST 3363 The Germanies Since 1945
+HIST 4156 Revolutions in the Modern World
+HIST 4336 Germany and Europe in the Age of Total War

HIST 5027 Fascist Regimes

D. German and European Politics (+ = offered at St. Thomas University)

POLS 3113 The Foreign Policies of East European States
POLS 3343 The European Union in Transition
POLS 3361 Eastern Europe in Transition
POLS 3363 Contemporary Germany
POLS 3432 Europe: East and West
POLS 3433 Late Modern Political Thought
POLS 3483 Hegel and Marx
+POLS 2303 Comparative Politics of the Developed World
+POLS 3363 Contemporary Germany
+POLS 3403 Government and Politics of Western Europe
+POLS 3413 The European Union and Europe

E. German Thought (+ = offered at St. Thomas University)

PHIL 2023 Introduction to 19th Century Existential Thought
PHIL 2024 Introduction to 20th Century Existential Thought
PHIL 3633 Phenomenology
PHIL 4053 Introduction to the Philosophy of Kant
+PHIL 2233 Contemporary Moral Philosophy
+PHIL 2163 Modern Philosophy II
+PHIL 3543 Existential Philosophy
+PHIL 3653 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
+PHIL 3763 Martin Heidegger

Course selections must be made in consultation with the Program Director.

Study Abroad in Germany

A student who attends language or literature courses either at one of the Goethe Institutes in the Federal Republic of Germany or at a university in a German-speaking country will be awarded up to 12 ch upon departmental recommendation. Students attending the Canadian Summer School in Germany may be awarded up to 6 ch upon departmental recommendation. Students who participate in the Work-and-Study program (Werkstudentenprogramm) may receive 3 advanced-level ch, subject to a departmental evaluation upon return.

For further information on a variety of other summer language programs, consult the undergraduate adviser for German. For a description of study abroad programs (summer term and full year) consult the Departmental website.

German Club

Click here to visit the German Club website - Anyone is welcome!

Contact

Anette Guse
Dept of Culture and Language Studies
University of New Brunswick
Carleton Hall, 335 
1 506 458-7716 

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