MA in German

This freestanding degree gives enough flexibility to allow students to prepare for admission in doctoral programs or follow careers in academia, government, business or the nonprofit sector.  Alumni have launched their careers in fields such as teaching, academic administration, social work, speech and language pathology.  Credits must include:

  • Advanced Language Practice (if not exempted)
  • Introduction to Literary Scholarship
  • One linguistics course (if offered) or one course in pedagogy
  • Two courses in area studies (art history, philosophy, music, economics, history, or sociology)
  • One course in methodology

Choose one specialization:

Literature, Linguistics, Civilization or Teaching German as a Foreign Language

The remaining five courses may be concentrated in one or two of the following areas: literature, linguistics or civilization. For students attending only in the summer, one of these must be a seminar in which the student writes a Seminararbeit (15-20 pages). The seminar which includes the Seminararbeit may be taken as early as the second summer, and should be taken no later than the third. Students normally write the Proseminararbeit before the Seminararbeit.  Students abroad in Germany are expected to write a Seminararbeit in each course taken at the university.

The director or associate director may waive Advanced Language Practice on the basis of demonstrated proficiency to allow a student to take another course.

During the required preliminary summer in Vermont, students planning to complete the MA through the program in Mainz or Potsdam must take Introduction to Literary Scholarship, a seminar which includes a Proseminararbeit, and a third course; it is strongly recommended that the third course be a survey course in literature, history, or philosophy.

The German School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College

Mailing address
German School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Tina Ellison, Coordinator