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Graduate Studies Overview
The University of Arizona offers two graduate programs: one leading to the Master of Arts degree in German Studies, and a second in the Joint Arizona-Leipzig Ph.D./D. Phil Program in Transcultural German Studies.
In the MA program, students may choose an emphasis in literary and cultural studies with foreign language pedagogy as a supporting minor. The curriculum includes literary studies from the medieval through the modern period, cultural studies, film studies, genre studies, applied linguistics, general linguistics, teaching methodology, and foreign language testing, as well as an introduction to and further study in a variety of critical methods. The Department of German Studies in cooperation with the College of Education offers a program by which students who complete their M.A. in German Studies have the unique opportunity to acquire a teaching certificate for K-12 public schools in just one or two additional semester(s). Students receiving an M.A. in German Studies are eligible to apply for admission to the Joint Arizona-Leipzig Ph.D. program in Transcultural German Studies (TGS) or to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT).
Since the Joint Arizona-Leipzig Ph.D. Program in Transcultural German Studies (TGS) requires a year of study at the University of Leipzig, most students admitted to the TGS Program will spend their first year at the University of Arizona, their second year at the University of Leipzig, and their third year and dissertation time in Arizona.
The Department of German Studies offers graduate teaching assistantships (to teach German Language while taking classes) as well as a number of scholarships for qualified students such as the Max Kade Fellowship, the Atlantik-Brücke Fellowship, and the Weinel Scholarship. The University of Arizona also offers Graduate College Diversity Scholarships for qualified minority students. Additionally, the department offers the opportunity for study and teaching abroad.
The University of Arizona is a student-centered research institution with an enrollment of approximately 37,000 students. The Department of German Studies, a part of the College of Humanities, sees as its major academic goal the instruction of students (1) in German language at the beginning and intermediate levels, (2) in German literature and cultural studies at the upper division, M.A., and Ph.D. levels, (3) in Germanic linguistics (applied, theoretical, and historical), and (4) in second language acquisition and teaching at the graduate levels.
The Department of German Studies encourages social interaction between its faculty and students through its Deutscher Studenten Klub, through faculty and student colloquia, a weekly Stammtisch, and other social events. The Department sponsors a chapter of the German honor society Delta Phi Alpha. Other activities include a year-long German Film Series.
The Department's Arizona Summer Program in Germany provides an opportunity for one or two graduate students each year to teach in Leipzig, Germany for one month with a department faculty member.
In the Department of German Studies we strongly believe in preparing graduate students as future teachers as well as scholars. To this end, the German Studies curriculum is complemented by a teacher development program that is one of the finest in the country. It includes coursework in methodology and assessment, and supervised teaching assistantships.
The University of Arizona, a member of the Pacific-10 Inter-collegiate Conference, is located in Tucson, a growing city of over 1,000,000 inhabitants in the mountain country of the Arizona-Sonora Desert. One hour from the Mexican border to the south and two hours from the state capitol, Phoenix, to the north, the Tucson area provides a wealth of outdoor recreational activities all year round, from hiking, cycling, skiing, swimming and golf, to camping, backpacking, and mountain climbing. The city of Tucson also presents a broad spectrum of cultural offerings, among them museums, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Theater Company, the Arizona Ballet Company, and the Arizona Opera Company. Many colorful events and celebrations draw upon the area's rich Hispanic and Native American cultural heritage.
The University of Arizona Library system is among the top twenty-five libraries of the American Association of Research Libraries, and has approximately 3 million catalogued volumes, including extensive primary holdings and journal series in all areas of German studies. The collection is housed in one of the most modern facilities in the country. The University of Arizona is a member of the Center for Research Libraries, significantly complementing its own holdings, and provides remote access to SABIO, a Library Information System containing more than 2 million bibliographic records and featuring an extensive Online Public Access Catalog.
Programs of Study
The department offers a program leading to the Master of Arts degree with a major in German Studies, and a joint program with The University of Leipzig, leading to the Ph.D. in Transcultural German Studies. Courses are offered in the various areas of German language, literature, and culture, past and present, as well as in second-language teaching methodology, applied and theoretical linguistics, theory of second-language acquisition, and testing.
The completion of a minimum 16 acceptable units of upper-division, undergraduate course work in German is required for admission to the graduate program.
Students working toward the Master of Arts degree must complete a minimum of 33 units of graduate work, including at least 30 units in courses offered by the Department of German Studies. GER 508 (Approaches to German Studies) is required of all master's candidates; GER 579 (Issues/Methods in Foreign Language Pedagogy) is required of all graduate teaching assistants in their first semester of teaching.
M.A. Thesis Option: Students may write a thesis upon application to and consultation with the departmental Graduate Committee. Students approved for the thesis option must complete the 30 unit course work requirement (excluding 910). No more than 3 units may be earned for writing the thesis; thesis students enroll for GER 910. Students must pass both a written and an oral comprehensive examination. Prior to this examination each student must demonstrate both German and English language proficiency. See M.A. Guidelines for further details.
M.A. Teaching Certification Option
In cooperation with The University of Arizona's College of Education the Department of German Studies offers a program by which students who complete their M.A. degree in the track described above which combines literary and cultural studies with pedagogy and applied linguistics can receive certification for K-12 public school teaching in just one or two additional semester(s). We know of no other university in the U.S. that offers the option to receive both an M.A. and teaching certification in only five semesters!
The Arizona-Leipzig Joint Ph.D. Program in Transcultural German Studies
The Arizona-Leipzig Joint Ph.D. Program in Transcultural German Studies, a cooperative effort between The University of Arizona and The University of Leipzig, is a unique program worldwide. This program is especially well suited to students aspiring to pursue academic careers relating to national and international literary, educational, cultural, and linguistic interests in the German-speaking countries, the United States of America, and in a great variety of Asian, African, Latin American, and European countries. This is the first program to combine the strengths of a major German university and an American Research I university to create an international Ph.D. program in German Studies. Graduates of this program will have a thorough grounding in cultural, literary, and language studies from interdisciplinary, cross- and transcultural perspectives.
A Ph.D. partnership with the University of Leipzig brings with it numerous benefits to the University of Arizona.
- Creating a cross-cultural academic community.
- Opening new channels for academic dialog that generate new forms of scholarship and collaboration.
- Expanding opportunities for each student’s intellectual development.
- Increasing graduates’ marketability.
- Providing new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in on-campus programs here at the University of Arizona.
- Broadening the scope of the Department of German Studies graduate program and increasing research opportunities for both graduate students and faculty members.
- Strengthening the financial base of the program through contributions to program costs from the University of Leipzig.
Minor in German Studies for Ph.D Candidates in Other Disciplines
Ph.D. candidates in other disciplines may select a minor in German Studies. The German Studies minor for Ph.D. candidates outside the Department of German Studies consists of 12 units. Up to 6 units may be transferred from a German Studies M.A. or its equivalent.
For the Ph.D. program, the Department of German Studies faculty at The University of Arizona offers a model curriculum built on existing structures that include literary studies from the medieval through the modern period, literary theory and criticism, cultural studies, and language studies, including but not limited to applied linguistics.
Beyond the Master’s level, doctoral students at the University of Arizona in German Studies spend two semesters taking courses at the University of Leipzig, usually after they have spent one year in course-work and teaching at the University of Arizona. Beyond the Magister (Master’s degree), doctoral students at the University of Leipzig spend one year at the University of Arizona, taking two semesters of course work, that is, a minimum of twelve units of equivalent credit, after spending their first year at the University of Leipzig.
Candidates from both universities have the opportunity to teach German language courses as Graduate Assistants in Teaching. In selected cases, the doctoral student will have the opportunity to design and teach an upper-division course in the area of culture and literature as a GAT under the supervision of a faculty member. This upper-division course can be based on the doctoral student’s dissertation topic/interest. Designing such a course gives the student experience in curriculum development. Faculty members will observe the doctoral students’ teaching at regular intervals. In addition to teaching, weekly meetings will be scheduled with the faculty supervisor as an independent study (Practicum). The comprehensive examination will be taken at the University of Arizona, and the dissertation chair will be at that institution. One member of the dissertation committee will be from the faculty of the University of Leipzig. The Ph.D. will be conferred by the student’s respective home institution.
Deadline for submission of completed application to the Graduate College for fall admission is December 1 for Non-US Applicants and February 1 for Domestic Applicants. Applicants for Teaching Assistantships should submit completed application directly to the Department of German Studies by February 1.