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Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Germanic Studies

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

The University libraries have extensive collections of primary and secondary works, reference materials, and periodicals that provide excellent resources for advanced studies in Germanic linguistics, philology, and literatures of all periods. Several language laboratory facilities are available for research, preparation for teaching, and use of the large collection of dialect materials, radio plays, films, and videotapes in all Germanic languages. Course offerings of the resident faculty are supplemented by visiting scholars from the United States and Europe. German, Dutch, and Scandinavian prose writers and poets periodically conduct seminars in conjunction with the departmental Visiting Writer Program.

The Department of Germanic Studies is committed to an interactive, multimedia teaching approach and is currently offering such courses at the undergraduate level and developing courses that will make use of the World Wide Web, with seventeen workstations available to graduate students and undergraduate majors.

The department has extensive computer facilities; all computers are connected to the Internet by fast ethernet. Current projects include providing a high-powered workstation for faculty members and graduate students to digitize graphic, audio, and video inputs for use in the virtual classroom.

Areas of Study

All students in the master's degree program take a core of required courses; each student also chooses a concentration in literature, linguistics, pedagogy, German cultural studies, or German in combination with another Germanic language. Doctoral areas of concentration are Germanic linguistics and philology; applied linguistics/pedagogy; German literatures of various periods; Scandinavian languages and literatures; Dutch language and literature; and Yiddish language and literature. With the advice and approval of the graduate adviser, students may design special programs including courses from outside the department that are related to the major area of study.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Katherine M. Arens
Kirsten Belgum
Nina A. Berman
Pascale R. Bos
Frank E. Donahue
Susanne Hafner
Peter A. Hess
John M. Hoberman
Peter C. Jelavich
     Robert D. King
Hans-Bernhard Moeller
Robert R. Mollenauer
Mark Southern
Jurgen K. Streeck
Janet Swaffar
John Weinstock
Lynn R. Wilkinson
David A. Wright

Admission Requirements

Entering graduate students must have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent from a university outside the United States), ordinarily with a major in German or the appropriate Germanic language.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Students enroll in a core program to fulfill the requirements for the master's degree. The core program includes German 381 (Topic 1: Middle High German Language and Literature or Topic 11: History of the German Language); 381 (Topic 2: Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics: German or Topic 3: Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics: German); 382M; 382N; 386, taken twice; 389K (Topic 1: Fundamentals of Scholarship); and 398T.

The master's degree program with thesis requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which six hours are earned in the thesis course, German 698. A translation with critical commentary may be submitted as a thesis. The master's degree program with report or translation requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned in the report course, German 398R. Six of the required thirty-six semester hours constitute the minor. They are usually taken outside the department. Students must pass an oral examination of up to an hour and a half based on the Master of Arts and Preliminary Examination reading list. Those who concentrate in literature, linguistics, pedagogy, or German cultural studies must also demonstrate reading competence in one foreign language other than German or the student's major field of study; those who concentrate in German and another Germanic language must demonstrate reading competence in a foreign language other than the second Germanic language.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students in the doctoral program choose a primary area of concentration from those listed under "Areas of Study" above. The student is expected to complete the core program for the Master of Arts or its equivalent before taking the Preliminary Examination for admission to the doctoral program.

Students must fulfill the following requirements: (1) take the Preliminary Examination and be evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee as qualified to enter the doctoral program; (2) demonstrate reading competence in two foreign languages other than German or the language of concentration; (3) near the completion of coursework, pass the Admission to Candidacy Examination; (4) present the dissertation proposal to the faculty and students within two long-session semesters of being admitted to candidacy or early in the fall after returning from approved study abroad; and (5) defend the dissertation in a final oral examination.

For More Information

Campus address: E. P. Schoch Building (EPS) 3.102, phone (512) 471-4123, fax (512) 471-4025; campus mail code: C3300

Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1190



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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