German, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B490

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements
  • The major requires 33 hours beyond GERM 1115 and GERM 1225. 1000-Level German courses may not be counted for major credit at the University of Oklahoma. 
Beginning German (5 hours)
Beginning German (Continued) (5 hours)
GERM 2113Intermediate German3
GERM 2223Intermediate German (Continued)3
GERM 3423Advanced German Composition3
GERM 3853Literature and Film3
GERM 4333Topics in the Twentieth Century German Literature and Culture (Capstone)3
MLLL 3823German Culture and Thought3
Choose one of the following:3
Advanced Conversation
Business German
German for the European Market
Choose four courses at the 4000-level, one of which must be the following:12
Literature and Culture Pre-1700
Literature and Culture 1700-1890
Work- or Study-Abroad
A work- or study-abroad experience in a German-speaking country lasting a minimum of three (3) weeks is required.
Exceptions: Exceptions will be made by the major advisor
International Credit: The German program will make every effort to equate towards the German major any relevant academic credit earned in a study abroad program at an institution recognized by OU
Total Credit Hours33

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and German major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
GERM 1115 Beginning German 5
Math (Core I) 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
GERM 1225 Beginning German (Continued) 5
Social Science (Core III) 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
GERM 2113 Intermediate German 3
MLLL 3823 German Culture and Thought 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Western Culture (Core IV), lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
GERM 2223 Intermediate German (Continued) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
GERM 3423 Advanced German Composition 3
GERM 3853 Literature and Film 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
Choose one of the following: 3
Advanced Conversation  
Business German  
German for the European Market  
GERM 4000/5000 Major Elective 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
GERM 4313
Literature and Culture Pre-1700
or Literature and Culture 1700-1890
3
GERM 4000/5000 Major Elective 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
GERM 4333 Topics in the Twentieth Century German Literature and Culture 3
GERM 4000/5000 Major Elective 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120