2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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German (B.A.) - Teaching Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Eckhard Rolz, Professor of German
Department of Modern Languages and Global Studies
Wagner Hall 107
E-mail: eckhard.rolz@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The German major at SDSU consists of language, culture, literature and professional courses to prepare students for careers in which they will use German as a language for communication. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the German major, students should be able to:

  • Speak, read and write German at the intermediate-high or advanced level
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures and communication cultures of the German-speaking world
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the German civilizations and its cultural products, such as literature, art, government, etc.

Academic Requirements

There are no application requirements to enroll as a German major. However, students with previous knowledge of the language must take the placement test and register for an appropriate course. Additionally, all the courses for the major must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. Refer to the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership  for more information the teacher education program and application.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education

Certification and Licensure

With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.

Course Delivery Format

Most courses in the German major are offered face-to-face on campus. Some upper-division courses are offered as part of the German cooperative program with NSU and USD and they use different types of distance delivery, including simultaneous television (DDN) and online delivery.

Requirements for German Major - Teaching Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences 

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

  • Modern Foreign Language Including the 202-Level Credits: 6+
  • AIS 211 - South Dakota American Indian Culture and Education (COM) Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts & Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.

Select from the following

Select at least 18 upper-division credits.  The following is a suggested sequence.  All majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a German-speaking country. Credits: 26

Composition and Conversation

Advanced Language Electives

Select from the following courses.  Credits: 6

Literature Electives

Select from the following courses.  Credits: 6

Travel or Field Experience

*No courses from this category are required; however students can draw from this category OR the previous categories (Advanced Language & Literature) in order to complete their remaining elective credits for a total of 26.

Teaching Specialization Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Students must also receive a “C” grade or better in  ,  , and   or higher.
  • There are GPA requirements for entry into and continuation within the teacher education program. For additional information please consult the Secondary Education Handbook.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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