Jun 15, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

German Studies Certificate

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Certificate Code CTGSCU

College of Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages Department
Gordy Hall 283
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2765
Fax: 740.593.0729

Program Overview

The German Studies Certificate is an interdisciplinary, complementary course of study open to all undergraduates. As with existing area studies certificates in Modern Languages (French and Francophone Studies, Italian Studies, Russian Studies), this certificate is designed for students in any field with interests in the German-speaking countries. German majors, minors, and lower-level language students have expressed interest in integrating their study of German with other disciplines. These efforts will be recognized and rewarded with this Certificate through official documentation on the students’ transcripts. The Certificate aims to expand students’ advanced language study with a broader examination of the rich and varied cultures of the German-speaking countries by exploring them through numerous disciplines. This Certificate will enable students more easily to approach the field of German Studies from various interdisciplinary perspectives. In 2013 and in 2019, we informally polled our students at all levels, and their responses suggest that we might have 7-10 certificate students each year. Extensive knowledge of the German language, both written and spoken, is essential for understanding the cultures of the German- speaking countries and is therefore a core requirement of the Certificate. The Certificate requires a minimum of 15 credits, which are selected from the following departments and schools: Art History, Economics, Film, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theater. Although not required, study abroad is encouraged. No supplementary resources are required, as all courses currently exist.


Admissions Information: Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

After graduation, students with a certificate in German Studies could pursue a career in any number of fields, such as education, foreign service, journalism, national defense, nonprofit, or politics. The German Studies Certificate will also prepare students for a variety of graduate programs that include the study of Western Europe, such as history, political science, and economics.



Certificate Hours Requirement

The German Studies cerificate program requires a minimum of 15 credits.

Elective Courses

Choose three electives, for a total of 9 credits. No more than one elective may have any of the following prefixes GER or ML.

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