German A.B./German M.A. (non-thesis)

An M.A. in German from UGA's Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages puts students in an excellent position to be accepted into the most competitive Ph.D. programs in German in the country. (Teaching jobs are available with an M.A. degree at smaller colleges in Georgia and throughout the U.S.). With their excellent training in pedagogy and experience in the classroom, many of our graduates go on to teach German in high schools. Georgia schools require formal teacher certification, which is not part of the regular M.A. in German and the Double Dawgs program. However, our department partners with the College of Education to offer a dual (three-year) M.A./M.A.T. degree, which includes teaching certification. Double Dawgs students are eligible to apply for this program as well. Upon completion, they would have a German A.B., M.A., and M.A.T. in Education within six years instead of the traditional seven.

Admission to Program

1) Promising undergraduates will initially be identified in GRMN 3010 and GRMN 3020 (typically during their second year) and personally informed about the program by their instructors and by the undergraduate advisor. At this point, potential Double Dawgs students in their second year will need to already have 60-70 accumulated degree hours if they are to complete the program in five years (this will normally mean that they will receive at least 15 hours of AP or transfer credit upon entering UGA).

2) When they are within one semester of completing their A.B. (typically spring semester of the third year, with about 108 accumulated credit hours), interested students will submit a departmental application for the Double Dawgs program. This will include an essay of intent, a writing sample in German, an oral proficiency interview, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a member of the departmental faculty. This semester will normally be the one in which they are taking the Senior Seminar, in the course of which they will be completing a substantial written assignment and oral proficiency interview anyway. Under normal circumstances, one of the letters will also come from the Senior Seminar instructor.

During the first Double Dawgs semester, they will complete their A.B. requirements. The twelve hours of graduate courses will count toward completion of their A.B. hours.

Upon admission into the Double Dawgs Program (fall semester of fourth year), the students will apply to the UGA Graduate School for formal admission into the Graduate Program.

At least 108 completed undergraduate degree hours, including GRMN 2300 and GRMN 4520; minimum 3.0 GPA and a clear indication of ability to attain Advanced Low oral language proficiency in German. In this connection, promising students will be encouraged to avail themselves of the departmental programs for study abroad (summer/semester/year).

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Under normal circumstances, 12 hours (the maximum allowable) of graduate courses will be used to satisfy requirements of both undergraduate and graduate programs. All GRMN graduate courses may count toward these 12 hours except GRMN 7000, 7005, and 7300.

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

In the final undergraduate semester (typically fall semester of fourth year), the Double Dawgs students will take a 6000-level undergraduate course entitled “Teaching Practicum.” This course will be linked to GRMN 7500 but will represent the student’s additional time/effort as a mentee in a 1000/2000-level German language course.

Admission to Graduate Program

Students accepted into the Double Dawgs program will apply to the Graduate School the following semester (typically fall semester of their fourth year). Most of the materials for the departmental Double Dawgs application (writing sample, oral proficiency results, two letters of recommendation) can be used for the departmental M.A. application.

Double Dawgs students apply to the regular M.A. program during the semester they complete their undergraduate degree (typically fall semester of their fourth undergraduate year).

Requirements for the M.A. part of the degree: 1) minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0.; 2) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with minimum combined score of 280 (verbal and quantitative); 3) Advanced Low oral proficiency in German according to the ACTFL guidelines.

Upon acceptance into the M.A. program, students are awarded a departmental TAship (+ tuition waiver), designed to fully fund their further study until completion of the degree. At this point (typically spring semester of their fourth year), they are treated as regular graduate students. Independent teaching of German classes begins in fall semester of their fifth year.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Joshua Bousquette
  • Email: bousquet@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-2457
  • Address: 207 Joe Brown Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: German A.B.
  • Department/College: Germanic and Slavic Studies

Advising Contact

  • Name: Brigitte Rossbacher
  • Email: rossbach@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-2458
  • Address: 206 Joe Brown Hall

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: German M.A.
  • Department/College: Germanic and Slavic Studies

Advising Contact

  • Name: Joshua Bousquette
  • Email: bousquet@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-2457
  • Address: 207 Joe Brown Hall