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.

Course offerings in Spring 2019
Course offerings in Summer 2019


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 SPRING 2019

LNC 503 Cultural Studies (3 credits) Online Course
A graduate course on the theoretical and practical approaches to the study of cultural context, practice and production. Students will explore the various threads of modern cultural criticism to interpret cultural production and practices in terms of local-global tensions. Students will also learn how to apply these methodologies to cultural contexts in their target language of specialization.

This course is offered through West Chester University. MU students interested in this course need to submit a Visiting Student form to the Language and Culture Studies department office at MU.

For other course at WCU, please visit their website.

For more information on the German program, please contact: Dr. Susanne Nimmrichter

Course Offerings Summer 2019

GERM 571 Aspects of Contemporary Germany - "We can do it:" Representations of Refugees in German-Speaking Countries (3 credits)
Blended Course (June 24 to July 19), meets on campus on 6/26, 6/27, 7/17, 7/18
Since the height of the refugee crisis in Europe, the figure of the "refugee" has instigated a fierce debate about migration and Willkommenskultur (culture of welcoming). Angela Merkel’s famous sentence "Wir schaffen das." (We can do it.) granted the right to displaced refugees to enter Germany. We will look at the coexistence of the Willkommenskultur and the populist opposition through different texts the refugee crisis has inspired and consider as well the changing (multi)cultural role Germany continues to play in the heart of Europe. The emphasis is on literary texts, but we will consider as well other authentic sources (film, radio, interviews, essays, websites) to gain a deeper understanding of the multi-facetted nature of migration in German-speaking countries. Taught by Dr. Monika Moyrer.

GERM 531 Evolution of the German Language (3 credits)
Blended Course (June 24 to July 19), meets on campus on 6/24, 6/25, 7/15, 7/16 
This course explores the evolution of the German language from its earliest written records to its current usage. We will use analytical methods of descriptive linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and writing systems) to examine language change and language variation. In addition to the study of today’s spoken dialects, we will also take a look at the current influence of English on German. Through the study of specific linguistic phenomena and their comparison to English, teachers and other professionals will deepen their understanding of German grammar and usage. Taught by Dr. Susanne Nimmrichter.

For courses at WCU, please visit their website.

For more information on the German program, please 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.

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