German

http://www.germanic.illinois.edu

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Head of the Department: Stephanie Hilger
Director of Graduate Studies: Mara Wade
2090 Foreign Languages Building
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
E-mail: germanic@illinois.edu

Major: German
Degrees Offered: M.A., Ph.D.
Graduate Concentration: Medieval Studies (available to all degrees), Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (Ph.D. only)

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in German, and Doctor of Philosophy in German. Students in the department may choose an additional specialization in Cultural Studies and Interpretive Research or a concentration in Medieval Studies. Candidates for the Ph.D. in German may additionally obtain a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE Certificate).

Admission

Applicants should apply online (www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/) and submit a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation and a sample of their written work in English or German or both. For admission to the Master of Arts program, the writing sample might be a term paper, and for admission to the doctoral level, a master's thesis or seminar paper. Original transcripts (with English translations if applicable) showing all undergraduate and graduate work completed should be sent to:

SLCL Graduate Student Services
3070 Foreign Languages Bldg.
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. The applicant should ask the ETS to submit scores to institution 1836. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must score at least 79 on the internet-based test (iBT); they must also pass the speaking sub-section of the iBT with a minimum score of 24 (see www.grad.illinois.edu/Admissions/instructions/04c).

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program, and all students teach. Non-native English speakers must first pass a test of their oral English ability (see www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/taengprof.htm).

Research Interests

The department faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars in all areas of research within the field, from older and modern German language, literature, and culture to Scandinavian languages, literatures and cultures. Some of the current research areas of faculty encompass (but are not limited to) Arctic Studies, Literature and Music, Literature and Medicine, Migration and Multilingualism, Film and Visual Studies, Digital Humanities, Memory Studies, and Intersectional Studies of Race, Gender, and Sexuality. We offer courses on topics in German and Scandinavian languages, literatures, and cultures across all periods, including historical and synchronic Germanic linguistics, and German language pedagogy. The University Library has one of the nation's outstanding collections of works pertaining to study and research in Germanic literatures of all periods and in Germanic and general linguistics.

Financial Aid

All students accepted into the program have financial support, usually in the form of a Teaching Assistantship (see www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/taengprof.htm).

The department has contacts with a variety of universities and institutions in German-speaking countries; these cooperative endeavors also include arrangements for graduate students to study and teach abroad.

For continuing graduate students, the awarding of financial aid of all types is contingent upon making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Master of Arts in German

Applicants should have completed undergraduate studies similar to the concentration in German at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have a grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, and be able to follow lectures in the German language. Acquaintance with German history and culture in their relation to the general European background is desirable. Admission to the program is on a competitive basis.

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree may emphasize either German literature or linguistics. All candidates must take courses in both literature and linguistics.

Thesis Option

GER 510Introduction to Graduate Study4
GER 515Middle High German4
or GER 520 History of the German Language
A 500 level course (not including GER 593) in German literature before 18004
A 500 level course (not including GER 593) in German literature after 18004
Electives within or outside of the department with advisor's approval12
Language Requirement: proficiency in reading one language other than English and German.
GER 599Thesis Research4
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit:24
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:12
Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may necessitate more than 32 graduate hours to meet the requirements
Written and oral examinations
Minimum GPA:3.0
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Website and the Graduate College Handbook

Non-Thesis Option

GER 510Introduction to Graduate Study4
GER 515Middle High German4
or GER 520 History of the German Language
A 500 level course (not including GER 593) in German literature before 18004
A 500 level course (not including GER 593) in German literature after 18004
Electives within or outside of the department with advisor's approval16
Language Requirement: proficiency in reading one language other than English and German.
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit:24
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:12
Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may necessitate more than 32 graduate hours to meet the requirements
Written and oral examinations
Minimum GPA:3.0
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Website and the Graduate College Handbook

Doctor of Philosophy in German

Applicants must meet the admission standards outlined for the Master of Arts and, in addition, hold a Master of Arts in German (or equivalent) with a graduate grade point average of 3.5 (A = 4.0). Admission to the program is on a competitive basis.

Candidates for the Ph.D. in German may specialize in older German literature, modern German literature, Germanic linguistics, or Scandinavian literature.

Students working toward the Ph.D. degree must have completed all requirements for the Master of Arts degree given above and must complete an additional 40 graduate hours of coursework approved by the graduate adviser. At least 32 graduate hours must be for courses in Germanic Languages and Literatures. No more than 8 hours of credit in 400 level courses beyond those presented for the M.A. will be counted toward these ten units. The 40 hours may include up to 4 hours of GER 593, but may not include any credit for GER 496 for work taken as independent study. Residence requirements are those of the Graduate College.

One course in German or Scandinavian literature before 15004
One course in German literature since 15004
One course in German, Germanic, or Scandinavian linguistics4
GER 582Theories of German Lang Tchg4
GER 515
GER 520
Middle High German
and History of the German Language (unless completed during masters)
8
Course work electives at the 500 level (to total 40)
GER 593Research in Special Topics (4 max hours applied toward degree)0-4
Language Requirement: a reading knowledge of two research languages other than English and German
GER 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)12-32
Total Hours68-72

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Credit in GER 496 will not count toward degree requirements
Teaching of elementary or intermediate German (at least one half-time appointment as teaching assistant for one academic year).
Minimum Hours Required in the Unit:32 (not including GER 599)
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:72
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD?Yes
Preliminary Exam RequiredYes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense RequiredYes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense RequiredYes
Dissertation Deposit RequiredYes
Minimum GPA:3.0
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Website and the Graduate College Handbook