Richard M. Chapman
Courses GEOG 201 G – World Geography, 4 credits. E1. An introduction to the study of human geography in a global perspective. The course examines the interaction of demography, economic systems, the environment, and culture in creating distinctive geographies at the local, regional, national and global levels. This course can also count toward the global studies program.
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also see Education also see Global Studies also see International Business also see World Languages and Cultures
• Major in German (32 credits) • Minor in German (20 credits) • Major in International Business with a minor in German (also see international business) (20 credits in German) • Major in German Education (32 credits plus 36 credits in education) • World Languages add-on endorsement for Elementary Education majors (see education) (24 credits) The German program is a part of the department of World Languages and Cultures and has as its mission “recognizing and affirming global awareness through the study of the language and cultures of the German-speaking world.” Through coursework and a unique set of on-campus and overseas programs, students achieve high proficiency levels in the German language and attain a high degree of cultural awareness of the German-speaking world. The German program prepares students for further study in graduate school and for professional opportunities in many fields, including international business and economics, law, teaching in grades K-8 or K-12, and jobs that require effective communication, critical thinking skills and knowledge of another culture and language. Taken individually or in conjunction with other majors, studies in German will give students a leading edge in a global society and in any professional pursuit. The German program offers a number of specialized programs both on campus and in Germany. International programs include the Wittenberg Summer Study program, the Jena Study Abroad program, the Federation of German-American Clubs Scholarship, and the International Business program in Germany, which includes a 12-week internship with a German firm and a semester study at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz or at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. The German program also offers May Seminars and Exploration Seminars on a
regular basis. See course and program descriptions below and consult with the German faculty for details. The German program also offers a variety of on-campus opportunities for all students interested in German. These include Deutsches Haus, a German language residence; study and work opportunities during the summer or school year at Waldsee, the Concordia German Language Village; and teaching German in area elementary schools. Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society, has an active chapter that recognizes academic excellence and promotes the study of German language, culture and society. The German Club celebrates German culture and language in a non-classroom environment. All students of German are encouraged to participate in these programs, and the German faculty works with each student to afford them the greatest opportunities.
Honors in German The German Honors Program is designed to allow exceptional students to develop their interests in German on an advanced level, and to work on an individual basis with a member of the German faculty. Students in the program are expected to demonstrate academic maturity, active enthusiasm in the field of German, independent research ability, and a heightened cultural understanding of the German-speaking world. Successful participants will be recognized as German honors graduates at the Honors Convocation and it will be noted on the transcript. Criteria. German majors who meet the following criteria are invited to submit an application for acceptance into the German Honors Program: 1. Completion of GER 311, 320 and two courses from 321, 322 and 323 with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses 2. An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher 3. An applicant must complete two full courses at the 400-level or one course at the 400-level plus another full course on an approved topic overseas Recognized Honors Projects 1. A successful internship abroad 2. Award through an independent agency, e.g. Fulbright, DAAD, KongressBundestag 3. Presentation of an approved project at a recognized regional, national or international conference 4. Research paper 10-15 pages in length, nature and scope of which will be determined in collaboration with a faculty member Application Procedure Application for acceptance into the German Honors Program must be submitted to the German faculty no later than the midsemester break in the first semester of the senior year. Forms are available in the German office. The applicant will be asked to write a short essay in German outlining the proposed honors project. Any deviation from these criteria must be successfully petitioned in writing to the German faculty. The German program provides learning experiences that prepare students to achieve the following outcomes: • develop communication skills in the German language • gain knowledge and understanding of German-speaking cultures • make connections with other disciplines • develop comparisons based on insight into the nature of the language and culture • participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world
Liberal Arts Core Distribution World Languages Requirement Students may satisfy this requirement by either option A or B: A. Successful completion of GER 112 – Introduction to the German-Speaking World II, 4 credits, or a higher numbered course. All students who have studied German prior to coming to Concordia are expected to take a computerized placement test in German to determine which course level is the most