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2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in the Special Major: German Cultural Studies


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Coordinator

Michaela Grobbel
email: grobbel@sonoma.edu

The special major in German Cultural Studies offers students an interdisciplinary B.A. that incorporates language courses required for the German minor plus courses in other disciplines. It enriches students’ academic and career opportunities by providing them with important skills to find employment in our increasingly interconnected world. The special major prepares students for international or cross-cultural careers in the USA or abroad that require a basic knowledge of the German language, history and culture as well as skills in cross-cultural communication. Recognizing the increasing interconnections in our global world, and Germany as one of the key players within the EU and in the international arena, the B.A. program prepares students for graduate school and careers in a field of their interest. Please review the Sample Four-Year-Plans that suggest two different pathways: “Track A” offers a pathway for students who study abroad for one year, and “Track B” suggests a pathway for students who do not study abroad.

Requirements for the Special Major

As part of the major core requirements, students must complete an internship in the U.S. or abroad, and a senior project. Additionally, students must pass the “Goethe-Zertifikat B1”-Proficiency Examination, the internationally recognized language certificate offered annually at SSU under the auspices of the Goethe Institute.

  Degree Requirements Units  
  General Education (50, 12 in major) 38  
  Major Core Courses (12 in GE) 42  
  Major Elective Courses 21  
  General Electives 19  
  Total units needed for graduation 120  

Note: Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade, except for courses that are offered Cr/NC only. Students must earn a C- or higher grade in all courses applied to the major.

Major Electives


Select from these courses (21 units):

* Only applied to special major if composers/philosophers from the German-Speaking world are taught

Sample Four-Year Program


German Cultural Studies, B.A., Track A


Studies at SSU, Including study in a German-Speaking Country

Freshman Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester ( 15 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Sophomore Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (16 Units)

Spring Semester (14 Units)

Junior Year: 30 Units


Fall and Spring Abroad:

Intermediate German Language Courses: 6 units at 200 level (or higher) Upper-Division German Language Courses: 8 units at 300 level and higher German Culture/History (in German): 6 units at 200 level and higher German Literature (in German): 4 units at 200 level and higher

(counts for major core requirement & GE C2)

Other courses: 6 units (e.g. courses for major electives or covering GE)

Note: Courses taken abroad may count for major core courses (up to 8 units) and major elective courses (up to 14-15 units).

Senior Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (15 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Total Units: 120


(Including 50 units in General Education, 42 units of Major Core Courses, 21 units of Major Elective Courses, and 19 units of General Elective Courses)

German Cultural Studies, B.A., Track B


Studies at SSU

Freshman Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (15 Units)

Sophomore Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (15-16 Units)

Junior Year: 30-31 Units


Senior Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (14-15 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Total Units: 120


(Including 50 units in General Education, 42 units of Major Core Courses, 21 units of Major Elective Courses, and 19 units of General Elective Courses)

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