German Graduate Program

German Graduate Program

About Languages and Cultures (M.A.)

Millersville and West Chester universities launched a new joint graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, in fall 2014. This single joint degree will be presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of students’ course work. The 33-credit degree program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Current course offerings at Millersville University

Current course offerings at West Chester University


Admission to the MU-WCU joint program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must meet established University criteria of Advanced Low Level on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview, Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). Students scoring less than the Advanced Low Level (AL) may complete a provisional semester after which they must be retested.

German Curriculum

For course descriptions and more information on the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning, visit the Graduate Catalog

I. Core Courses (9 s.h.)
All students – French, German, and Spanish – must complete the following three core courses, taught in English:
     LANC 501 Linguistic Studies (3)
     LANC 502 Interpretive Strategies (3)
     LANC 503 Cultural Studies (3)

II. Communication (6 s.h)
At least two courses required
     GERM 509 Applied Linguistics (3)
     GERM 512 Phonetics (3) G
     GERM 521 Functional Grammar Review (3) (does not count for the degree)
     GERM 522 Composition (3)
     GERM 523 Stylistics and Composition (3)
     GERM 524 Translation and Interpretation (3)
     GERM 525 Advanced Oral Practice and Self-Expression (3)
     GERM 531 Evolution of the German Language (3)

III. Culture (6 s.h.)
At least two courses required
    GERM 541 History of the German-speaking Peoples to the Congress of Vienna (3)
    GERM 542 History of the German-speaking Peoples from the Congress of Vienna-Present (3)
    GERM 551 Geography of the German-speaking Countries, Physical and Economic (3)
    GERM 561 Survey of German Art (3)
    GERM 571 Aspects of Contemporary Germany (3)
    GERM 581 Seminar in Medieval German Literature (3)
    GERM 582 Seminar in the Literature of Humanism and the Reformation (3)
    GERM 583 Seminar in the Literature of the Baroque Period (3)
    GERM 584 Seminar in the Literature of the Classical Period (3)
    GERM 585 Seminar in 19th-Century German Literature (3)
    GERM 586 Seminar in 20th-Century German Literature (3)

IV. Electives for the Professions (12 s.h)
All students – French, German, and Spanish – may choose any additional courses in their respective Communication and Culture courses that are offered or approved courses in a specialty area from another department. No more than two of these courses may be taught in English and no more than three of these courses may be transferred from another university, other than West Chester University.
     GERM 501 Modern Methods of Teaching German (3)
     GERM 505 Introduction to Literature (3)
     GERM 507 Theatre Workshop (3)
     GERM 589 Current Topics (3)
     GERM 698 Research Paper (3) (Independent study)
     GERM 699 Thesis (3) (must be recommended by advisor)

V. Degree Requirements
Requirements for all students are uniform and include a specialized written and oral exam, or a written research project with an oral presentation, or a portfolio defended in an oral exam with the faculty.

Course Details - Graduate Students

Course Offerings Summer 2018 (June 25 to July 20)

GERM 589 German Literature for Children and Adolescents (3 credits) Hybrid Course
This course will provide an introduction and overview of German literature written for children and adolescent since the Age of Enlightenment. The seminar will examine the social and historical context of these works. Furthermore, participants will evaluate children’s and adolescent books based on their possible applications to and usefulness in German language instruction. General strategies for the adaptation of children’s literature into a language class, instructional ideas and material development will be discussed. Readings will be in German (except some secondary literature). The course will meet face-to-face from July 9 to July 12.

Course Offerings Spring 2018

Courses offered at Millersville University

LANC 502 Interpretive Strategies
A course for students of foreign languages and cultures which helps them develop advanced critical and analytical skills to be applied to texts of different genres and cultures in the target language of study. Online course which is taught in English, but examples and some parts of the coursework are dedicated to French, German and Spanish - the languages of the MALC program.
Offered online at Millersville University. MU students register through the MU course registration system.

German Courses offered at West Chester University

GER 505 German Film
This course provides an analysis of German culture through 20th and 21st century German films. Lecture and discussion topics include Expressionism, "New Objectivity," the Weimar Republic, the First and Second World Wars, Nazism, such postwar issues as collective guilt and terrorism, and reunification and Ostalgie; and Austrian Film. Discussions will integrate German history, culture, and literature and cinematic techniques into an analysis of the films. This course is taught online with some synchronous meetings and in German.
For more information, visit the website of the Languages & Cultures department at West Chester University. To register, please complete the Visiting Student form and email it to the department office.

For more information contact: Dr. Susanne Nimmrichter

Goethe Institute Scholarships
German teachers participating in one or two courses during the summer can apply for a stipend from the Goethe Institute.


Course Details - Undergraduate Students

Course Offerings

See Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for descriptions.

Undergraduate students who have 24 or more undergraduate language credits and are able to observe the no-English rule are also permitted to participate in summer courses. Undergraduate students must seek permission of instructor to register for courses.