Over the course of their graduate studies in German, students acquire in-depth knowledge of the literatures of the German-speaking countries along with the critical skills for literary analysis. The German program offers the majority of graduate courses in German. As a result, many of our Master of Arts candidates develop superior language competency.
We offer students a challenging and enriching course of studies that encompasses literary and cultural history with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, culture and aesthetics, and linguistics. At the end of the two-year program candidates take a comprehensive examination. The M.A. in German entitles graduates to teach at California dommunity colleges and serves as preparation for entering doctoral programs at Ph.D.-granting institutions.
The graduate program takes great pride in mentoring students and advises them in designing their course of study within the parameters of the graduate curriculum. Students are encouraged to take courses in a related field to complement their academic preparation in German studies. We have forged strong ties to other departments such as Classics, World and Comparative Literature, History, Jewish Studies, English, Humanities and Liberal Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Instructional Technology.
The faculty of the German program engages in a wide variety of research areas, such as literary theory, the history of aesthetic theory, psychoanalysis and literature, gender, nationalism and cultural politics, syntax, discourse analysis, pragmatics and applied linguistics/second-language acquisition.
In addition to the academic program, qualified graduate students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience as graduate teaching associates (GTAs) in a conventional as well as partially online classroom. This paid experience includes ongoing training and mentoring.
Admission to the Program
To apply to the program:
- Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Demonstrate advanced proficiency level in German
- Submit an analytical statement of purpose written in English of approximately 500 words, stating the reasons for applying to the graduate program
- Submit a sample of analytical writing of 500 words or more written in German
- Provide one set of transcripts
- Submit at least two letters of recommendation.
The Fall 2017 deadline has been extended to May 31.
Advancement to Candidacy
Students admitted into the Master of Arts Program in German are advised to do the following to complete their degrees:
Seek graduate advising every semester
If you are admitted conditionally to the program, see the adviser for “advancement to classified graduate standing” when you complete the preconditional courses (such as GER 401, GER 510 and GER 511). Preconditional course work may not be used to meet degree requirements.
Fulfill the English proficiency requirement
Take the Graduate Essay Test (GET) usually given in January and August. Contact the Testing Center for test dates. If you fail the GET, you must complete a course before the end of the second semester of your graduate study.
Submit ATC form and Culminating Experience form
Fill out your ATC (Advancement to Candidacy) form online and print it out. The ATC form should show at least 6 units yet to be completed for the degree. If you are making any substitutions for the program requirements stated in the Bulletin, file a “Petition for ATC Substitution or Committee Revision” along with the ATC. Fill out the Culminating Experience Form for the Comprehensive Examination online and print it out. This form must be filed along with the ATC. Both forms must be reviewed and signed by your graduate adviser before they can be submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies.
Prepare for the Comprehensive Examination
Meet with your graduate adviser to discuss the Comprehensive M.A. Exam. M.A. exams typically take place at the end of the semester. In the semester prior to the semester when you are taking your exam, meet with your exam committee.
Submit an “Application for Graduation” form to the Division of Graduate Studies
Submit the form, typically, before the third week of instruction of the term you expect to graduate. Check for the deadline in the class schedule.
Complete the Culminating Experience requirement
Comprehensive examination (oral and written) is given two weeks before the deadline for the completion of Culminating Experience.
Submit “Report of Completion of Specified Graduate Program Requirements”
After you have passed your Culminating Experience, this form will be provided to you by your graduate adviser. Once your examiners have signed the form, file it with the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department office (which submits the report to the Division of Graduate Studies).
Course Requirements — Minimum 30 units
- GER 745 History of German Language (3 units)
- Graduate courses in German (12 units)
- Upper division/graduate courses in German language, literature, or civilization (6 units)
- Upper division/graduate courses in German language, literature, or civilization, or in related subjects with approval of graduate advisor (9 units)