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Master's Degree Programs
The German Program in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures offers two courses of study leading to a master's degree in German:

  • The M.A. in German requires two academic years and is designed to prepare students for doctoral work in German or to provide career enhancement for fields such as international business or law, media and communications, and library science.
  • The M.A. in German with Teaching Certification,, requiring two academic years plus one summer, is offered in conjunction with the Education Department and is designed to prepare highly qualified secondary school teachers.

Both master's programs make available a wide range of courses in language, literature, and culture, as well as instruction in computer-assisted language programming and the use of media, including hypermedia presentations in language and culture courses./p>

All students can choose to study one year at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany, and one year on the Tufts campus; or they may spend both years on the Tufts campus in Medford. The Tufts resident director in Tübingen offers an informal colloquium to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary aspects of German cultural life and assists students in planning a program of study that draws upon university lecture courses and seminars. On the Tufts campus students do regular course work, participate in a graduate colloquium, and serve as teaching and research assistants.

The master's programs in German typically enroll a small number of highly motivated and talented students who, together with faculty both on the Tufts campus and in Tübingen, form a supportive, stimulating, and congenial community that helps all students realize their full potential.

(In conjunction with the German Program, the Education Department also offers a M.A.T. German as a Foreign Language. For more information and application materials, please contact the Education Department).

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Major in German Language and Literature
To major in this area, a student takes nine courses above the intermediate level (German 3-4). These should be courses taught in German and, depending on the student's preparation, include German 33 and/or 44, German 21, German 61, 62, and 100-level literature courses. A minimum of two 100-level courses taught in German (121 and one literature course at that level) is required. One course in a related field - if possible, a course in modern German history - is also required.

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German Studies Major
As an alternative to the language/literature option, the department is offering an interdisciplinary major with two options:

  1. Tufts-in-Tübingen Program:
    A unique opportunity for students from various disciplines who wish to spend their Junior or Senior year abroad examining the culture of German- speaking countries within the larger European context and combining study outside of literature with their knowledge of German. With approval of the Tufts-in-Tübingen resident director, courses taken in German at the University of Tübingen in the areas of Politikwissenschaft, Volkswirtschaft, Geschichte, Volkskunde, Sozial- and Kulturwissenschaft, Germanistik and Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft will count toward the concentration requirement of nine German courses beyond the intermediate (German 3-4) level and the one course in a related field. Upon returning to Tufts-Medford, two one hundred level courses taught in German, including 121, will be required. If the student has not yet taken an advanced literature course in German, the other 100- level course must be in literature.
  2. B. Tufts-Medford:
    This program requires nine courses plus one course in a related field approved by the German Department. The program includes at least five courses above the intermediate (German 3-4) level taught in German, including German 121 and at least one advanced literature course. The rest is a combination of courses dealing with German subject matter taught through at least three of the following departments: Art History, German, History, Music, Philosophy, or Political Science. Courses taken in other departments must be approved by the German Department for concentration credit.

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Minor in German
The minor requires 6 courses above the intermediate level (German 3-4). These must include two courses at the 100-level taught in German at Tufts in Medford; one of them is to be 121.

Minor Forms, once completed, must be signed by either the Program Director, Christiane Zehl Romero, or the Language Coordinator, Saskia Stoessel. Submit one signed form to the main office, Olin 326 and one to Student Services in Dowling Hall.

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Questions about programs should be addressed to the following faculty members:

German Program: Christiane Romero, Olin 324
German Language: Saskia Stoessel, Olin 335

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