The courses comprising this program are taught in German and English, with the twofold objective of combining the study of significant works, literary trends, and cultural manifestations with advanced practice in the use of German as a medium of practical everyday communication and intellectually stimulating discussion or conversation. Courses in English include extra sessions for German speakers.
Requirements: 10 courses
GERM V 3001-3002 Advanced German (3 pts. each)
GERM W 3333x Introduction to German Literature
GERM BC 3061y Senior Seminar or equivalent tutorial with thesis supervisor.
Five one-term advanced literature courses chosen from GERM BC 3027-3050 or their Columbia equivalent GERM W 3443-3675.
A third advanced language course may be substituted for one advanced literature course.
GERM BC 3062y Senior Essay: Literature of German Studies
A half-hour oral exit examination is required.
This major combines a study of literature with other aspects of German culture and civilization by choosing courses from the social sciences such as history, political science, and economics, and from other humanities dealing with German-speaking regions or communities.
The department will assist and advise students interested in studying in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. It should be noted that Barnard College is a member of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies and strongly encourages those students wishing to study abroad to do so through this program administered by Columbia University and conducted in association with the Freie Universitat Berlin.
Requirements: 14 courses
The following language courses or their equivalent:
GERM V 3001-3002 or GERM BC 3010: Current Issues: Media and Politics in Germany or Austria or GERM BC3012: In Love with Telenovelas
Four or five one-term Advanced Literature and Culture courses numbered:
GERM BC 3028-3061 (or their Columbia equivalent)
One GERM BC 3062x or y Senior Essay*
Six one-term courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities that relate to the German-speaking countries of Europe and define a special field of interest (to be chosen in consultation with the major adviser). Two courses dealing with German history are strongly recommended.
*The major adviser in the German department will work with a second reader in another field if the thesis topic should require it.
Requirements: 14 courses
Seven courses in each department, including a seminar in one of the departments and a senior essay on a topic bridging both fields.
A student who selects a combined major will establish her special program in consultation with the departments concerned.
Requirements: 5 courses
Advanced language courses from GERM V 3001-02 and GERM W 3333.
A minimum of three additional advanced literature courses from GERM BC 3011-3061 or their Columbia equivalent.
The Senior Experience
Barnard College has a long-standing commitment to preparing students in the major so that they may undertake a capstone project. All Barnard seniors are required to complete a senior project or thesis. Senior projects or theses represent the culmination of academic work in the major. They allow students to develop records of individual research that include theoretical engagement in the major discipline, the development of creative projects or research, and original empirical and interpretative analysis. The form of the senior requirement may vary across majors, but the most common forms are the senior thesis (one or two semesters), supervised original research in a lab, a final creative project, and/or research that has been completed within a dedicated senior seminar.
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