Oct 17, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German, Minor

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The German minor program enriches students’ academic and career opportunities by providing them with skills that complement many majors at SSU. German helps students understand themselves as participants in their own culture. It also helps them understand U.S. history and culture, since German-Americans represent the largest single heritage population. Moreover, German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Knowing German also opens up opportunities to connect with more than 120 million native speakers worldwide. Additionally, the study of German prepares students to be competitive for graduate school, since many graduate programs require or recommend German. German minors may also have a distinct advantage entering a professional career, in fields such as international business, economics, science, history, global studies, music, or teaching. The SSU German program offers a variety of courses that provide students with linguistic skills and cultural knowledge of the German-speaking world. Students are encouraged to participate in the CSU International Programs and take courses in Germany, which may be counted toward the minor. Students wishing to study abroad are strongly encouraged to consult with their German advisor to ensure that courses taken abroad can be applied to the German minor. A minimum of 8 of the 21 required units must be taken at SSU.

Requirements for the Minor

The German minor program consists of a minimum of 21 units of college coursework in German, of which 8 units must be taken at SSU: 4 units at the 200 level (GER 200  or GER 210 ) and 4 units consisting of GER 300 . Additionally, German minor students must attain the “Goethe-Zertifikat B1” (Zertifikat Deutsch), the internationally recognized proficiency certificate offered annually at SSU under the auspices of the Goethe Institute. Students who have successfully completed the SSU German Program may be confident of passing the certification examination, offered at Sonoma State University at the end of every spring semester.

All German courses, except for GER 101 , count toward the German minor. Note that GER 300  must be taken in residence at SSU. The German minor presupposes 4 units or the equivalent of GER 101  (4 units). Students who wish to minor in German are required to take the following 6 courses:

* Prerequisite for German minor students: GER 101  or consent of instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit if topic changes.

** Prerequisites: GER 200  and GER 210 , or consent of instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit if topic changes.


Total units in the minor: 21

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