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    German Major

    Students are encouraged to take MODL 1010: The Language Phenomenon, or 1020: Language and Society, and, in certain cases, 1030: Language as Literature, early in their careers. If possible, students should declare their major as sophomores. Such a time frame allows for adequate discussion with advisors, and appropriate course and study abroad planning.

    Students without a specific career objective are encouraged to complement their language major with a second major and to discuss possible objectives with a member of the department. In the past, students have chosen to double major in such fields as anthropology, biology, communication studies, global studies, management and economics, mathematics, political science, and psychology. The LEAD program offers opportunities for internships and for exploring both work and community service. Those seeking teaching licensure are encouraged to discuss their career plans with a member of the department as soon as possible.

    Language Placement Exam

    All 1st year, transfer and returning students are required to take the placement exam before registering for their first Hamline German, French or Spanish language class. (There is currently no placement test for Chinese; incoming students should e-mail Professor Hellen Yin for Chinese placement advice.)

    *The test takes 10-25 minutes on average.
    *Test results are available on-line within a few minutes of taking the exam.
    *The test results indicate clearly which appropriate level students should register for, including 1st (1110), 2nd (1120), 3rd (3210) and 4th (3220) semester language level. Scores higher than 4th semester should register for an Advanced Composition, Conversation or Reading course. See Modern Languages Department webpages for course descriptions.

    For more information and to access the test, visit http://www.hamline.edu/languageplacement

    (Note: Courses in language study through the minimum level required for the major, GERM 3220, are counted toward breadth of study.)

    Major Requirements

    (Note: Courses in language study through the minimum level required for the major, GERM 3220, are counted toward breadth of study.) 

    A German major consists of nine courses as follows:

    Note Courses taken abroad may be substituted for some of the eight required German courses.

    K-12 Teaching License in German

    German majors pursuing a K-12 teaching license must complete a standard German major, however, they must take both MODL 1010 and 1020 for a total of ten (10) courses in the major. In addition, an assessment of advanced language proficiency and knowledge of German culture are required. Students must also complete the education department courses required for a Minnesota teaching license. The methods course required for this K-12 license is EDU 5881: World Language Methods.

    Learn more about the K-12 Teaching License in German.