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Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree requirements in Germanics are intended to give students a broad overview of the field of German Studies, including literary history, intellectual history, cultural studies, and pedagogy. Holders of teaching assistantships must fulfill the Graduate School and departmental requirements for assistantships. First-time teaching assistants in our program are required to enroll in German 518/576 during fall quarter and participate in the fall orientation program.

Admissions

Applicants to the MA program in Germanics should have fulfilled requirements equivalent to those for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Germanics at the University of Washington. These requirements include advanced proficiency in the German language and knowledge of the modern periods of German literature and civilization. An applicant who does not fully meet these requirements or their equivalent may be admitted at the discretion of the department, provided the applicant agrees to attain competency in these areas by completing preparatory class work before commencing the graduate program.

Applicants who are not admitted to the department may improve their preparation by taking courses in the department through the Extension Program on a non-matriculated basis. Application for non-matriculated graduate status is made to the Graduate School on a form available from the department.

Advising

All students are required to meet with the Graduate Coordinator at the beginning of their first quarter and throughout the academic year to plan their programs. Students should feel free to consult with the Graduate Coordinator and the other members of the faculty at any time during their entire period of study. Students enrolled in courses are required to submit an academic planning form at the beginning of fall quarter and a self-assessment form in spring to the Graduate Coordinator. PhD candidates submit these forms to the Chair of their Supervisory Committee.

Graduate School Requirements for the MA Degree

Students who intend to work toward advanced degrees must meet the requirements of the Graduate School as outlined in the University of Washington Catalog:

1. The master’s candidate must present a minimum of three quarters of course work earned in residence at the University of Washington (part‑time quarters may be accumulated to meet this requirement).

2. Although the normal course load carried by graduate students is ten to fifteen credits per quarter, a load of not less than ten credits per quarter is considered full‑time.

3. Graduate students are required to be continuously enrolled in the Graduate School.  Students who will be out of town must petition for on‑leave status.

4. During the first two weeks of the quarter in which the exams will be completed, the student must apply for the MA degree with the Graduate School (add link). Degree applications are completed on-line. No application will be accepted after the first two weeks of the quarter. 

5. Every student, whether in absentia or in residence, must be registered for a minimum of two credits for the quarter in which the degree requirements are to be completed.

6. All work for the MA degree must be completed within six years, including work transferred from other institutions.

7. The Graduate School foreign language requirement is automatically fulfilled by the completion of the Master’s Degree in Germanics.

8. Graduate Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

 

Two Degree Options

 

1. MA in Literature and Culture:

Departmental Requirements

Candidates for the MA degree must complete 40 hours of course work, submit one critical MA paper, complete a text analysis in one of the MA areas of expertise, and pass a written comprehensive examination in another MA area.

The areas of expertise for the MA in Germanics are:

1) Literary History

2) Intellectual History

3) Cultural Studies

4) Pedagogy

Students must demonstrate foundational competency in three of these four areas of expertise. Evaluation of this expertise will be based on three evaluation procedures: one comprehensive examination (based on the MA reading list for that area); one text analysis (text selected by the MA committee from the MA reading list for that area); one critical MA paper (based on work in a graduate seminar). Students will choose the way these three evaluation procedures shall be distributed across their three selected areas of expertise.

 Course Work

1. 20 credits of core requirements:
a. German 518/576, Methods and Materials in Teaching German (required for new teaching assistants regardless of prior teaching experience).

b. German 500, Introduction to Theory, Methodology, Bibliography

c. German 575, Teaching of German Literature and Civilization

d. 5 cr. in the category of literature, culture, or intellectual history (German 580, 590, 591, or 592)

 2. 20 cr. of approved electives.
Graduate student enrollment in German 411, 451, 452 is normally restricted to MA students. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator.

Critical MA Paper

1. The critical MA paper should be based on an essay written for a graduate seminar. The final paper should be approximately 20-25 pp. in length, include a critical apparatus, and demonstrate the ability to present focused and sustained argumentation on a specific topic or problem.

2. The MA paper should normally be developed in conjunction with the faculty mentor in the Germanics Department for whom the initial seminar paper was written. The faculty member must note written acceptance of the essay as fulfilling the criteria for the critical MA paper. The faculty member’s written evaluation must be submitted with the paper and will become part of the student’s departmental record.

3. The critical MA paper should be keyed to one of the four areas of expertise listed above. If accepted by the faculty mentor, it will satisfy the requirement for that area of competence.

4. The accepted critical MA paper, along with the written evaluation by the student’s faculty mentor, must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator no later than December 15 of the quarter prior to the one in which the student plans to complete work on the MA. Otherwise, permission to take the written exams will not be granted. The MA paper will be evaluated by the MA committee as part of their overall assessment of the candidate’s work.

Text Analysis

1. Students will be presented with a text or passage from a text or film, drawn from the MA reading list of the area they choose to have evaluated in this manner. The specific choice of texts or films will be left to the discretion of the MA committee.

2. The text analysis will be administered annually (along with the comprehensive examination) during the second week of winter quarter (Martin Luther King weekend). Students should inform the Graduate Coordinator of their intention to take the MA exam during the quarter preceding the one in which the exam will be taken. Students will have a total time of four hours to complete both the text analysis and the comprehensive examination. The allocation of the four-hour timeframe to these two separate tasks is at the discretion of the student.

3. Criteria of evaluation for the text analysis will be both depth of textual understanding and the ability to locate the work/passage in a wider historical or intertextual framework. The text analysis will be evaluated by the MA committee as part of their overall assessment of the candidate’s work.

Comprehensive Examination

1. The MA comprehensive examination is based on one of the MA reading lists, chosen by the student. Students will be given two questions in their chosen area, and will select and write on one of these. Students will have a total time of four hours to complete both the comprehensive examination and the text analysis. The allocation of the four-hour timeframe to these two separate tasks is at the discretion of the student.

2. The MA comprehensive exam is given annually (along with the text analysis) during the second week of the winter quarter (Martin Luther King weekend).  Students wishing to take it after three quarters in the program may request from the Graduate Coordinator a summer administration of the exam.  Students should inform the Graduate Coordinator of their intention to take the MA exam during the quarter preceding the one in which the exam will be taken.

3. The MA comprehensive examination tests the students’ broad knowledge within their chosen area of expertise. The comprehensive examination will be evaluated by the MA committee as part of their overall assessment of the candidate’s work.

  Evaluation

1. The Graduate Coordinator will appoint an ad hoc MA committee. It shall consist of no more than four faculty members, representing each of the four areas of expertise. The MA committee is charged with the following duties:

a. The MA committee shall meet before administration of the text analysis and comprehensive examination to agree on text selections and to discuss questions for the comprehensives.

b. All members of the committee shall read and evaluate the critical MA papers, the text analyses, and the comprehensive examinationsof all candidates in their entirety.The committee determines collectively whether students pass or fail the text analysis and the comprehensive examination. Acceptance of the critical MA paper by the faculty mentor certifies that the student has passed that segment of the overall MA requirements, but assignment of a grade for the critical paper (independent of the grade the student received for the initial seminar paper expanded into the critical MA) paper shall be the task of the MA committee.

c. The committee shall meet to discuss the results after all materials have been evaluated and before results are released to students. The committee as a whole is responsible for assigning grades (high pass; good pass; pass; low pass; fail) to each section of the exam. The committee shall submit a brief written evaluation for each student, detailing the strengths or weaknesses in each area of expertise. The chair of the MA committee shall return all materials to the main office and report the results to the Chair and the Graduate Coordinator.  The department Chair shall report the results to the candidates.

Additional Comments

a. Candidates are responsible for the material in the current MA reading lists in those areas of expertise that are evaluated by the methods of text analysis and the comprehensive examination.

b. Copies of previous MA comprehensive exams and text analysis passages/texts may be consulted in the department office.

c. If a student fails to pass in any of their chosen areas of expertise or competence, she/he will be permitted to take the failed section(s) one more time at a subsequent administration of the exam.  Different exam questions or text passages will be given for the re-examination.

 

 

2. MA in Pedagogy and Culture:

  Course Work

Candidates for the MA degree in pedagogy and culture must complete 60 hours of course work.

1. 20 credits of core requirements:

a. German 518/576, Methods and Materials in Teaching German (required for new teaching assistants regardless of prior teaching experience).

b. German 500, Introduction to Theory, Methodology, Bibliography

c. German 575, Teaching of German Literature and Civilization

d. 5 cr. in the category of literature, culture, or intellectual history (German 580, 590, 591, or 592)

 

2. 15 credits of required courses in the MA TESOL program:

Engl 571 (5 cr) Theory and Practice on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Engl 576 (5 cr) Testing and Evaluation in English as a Second Language

Engl 575 (5 cr) Pedagogical Grammar

 

3. 15 credits of electives in Germanics and other programs from the following:

Engl 478 (5) Language and Social Policy

Engl 560 (5) Nature of Language

Engl 471 (5) Teaching Writing

Ling 549 (5) Second Language Learning

Ling 432 (5) Sociolinguistics

Ling 457/Psych 457 (5) Language Development

Ling 548 (4) Problems in Linguistics

Japan 441 (5) The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language

Note: This course is open to graduate students specializing in any foreign language, with permission. Contact instructor for details.

EDC&I 545 (3) Multilingual Socialization and Development

EDC&I 451 (3) Bilingual Education

EDC&I 542 (3) Seminar in Bilingual Education

EDC&I 505 (3) Language Literature and Culture

German 501 Proseminar in Methods and Writing (5, max. 15)

German 503 Contemporary German Literature (5, max. 15)

German 504 Special Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory (5, max. 15)

German 510 Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture (5, max. 15)

German 511 Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Literature and Culture (5, max. 15)

German 525 Seminar in Romanticism (5, max. 15)

German 526 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Drama (5, max. 15)

German 527 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Prose (5, max. 15)

German 528 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Poetry (5, max. 15)

German 529 Studies in Literature 1870-1920 (5, max. 15)

German 533 Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Literature (5, max. 15)

German 534 Storm and Stress (5, max. 15)

German 535 Classicism: Goethe, Schiller (5, max. 15)

German 537 Studies in Literature 1770-1830 (5, max. 15)

German 540 Twentieth-Century Poetry (5, max. 15)

German 541 Twentieth-Century Drama (5, max. 15)

German 542 Twentieth-Century Prose (5, max. 15)

German 550 Gothic (5)

German 551 Seminar in Germanics Philology and Linguistics (5, max. 15)

German 552 Old High German (5)

German 555 Old Saxon (5)

German 556 Middle High German (5)

German 558 Middle High German Literature (5)

German 560 Modern Dialects (5)

German 565 Seminar in Courtly Epic (5)

German 566 Late Middle High German Narrative (3)

German 567 Minnesang (3)

German 568 Seminar in Heroic Epic (5)

German 580 Seminar in German Literature (5, max. 15)

German 581 Seminar in Poetry (5, max. 15)

German 582 Seminar in Drama (5, max. 15)

German 583 Seminar in Prose (5, max. 15)

German 590 Philosophical Issues in German Culture (5, max. 15)

German 591 Studies in German Intellectual History (5, max. 15)

German 592 Cultural Studies (5, max. 15)

 

Note: of these 15 cr of electives, at least 5 cr need to be taken from the following courses:

Engl 478 (5) Language and Social Policy

Engl 560 (5) Nature of Language

Engl 471 (5) Teaching Writing

Ling 549 (5) Second Language Learning

Ling 432 (5) Sociolinguistics

Ling 457/Psych 457 (5) Language Development

Ling 548 (4) Problems in Linguistics

Japan 441 (5) The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language

Note: This course is open to graduate students specializing in any foreign language, with permission. Contact instructor for details.

EDC&I 545 (3) Multilingual Socialization and Development

EDC&I 451 (3) Bilingual Education

EDC&I 542 (3) Seminar in Bilingual Education

EDC&I 505 (3) Language Literature and Culture

German 552 Old High German (5)

German 555 Old Saxon (5)

German 556 Middle High German (5)

German 560 Modern Dialects (5)

 

4. 10 credits of Independent Study or Research for the Capstone Project:

German 600 (10) Independent Study or Research

Capstone project: The purpose of the capstone is to provide a deepening of professional expertise or practical experience, depending upon the needs and interests of the student, as determined by the student in consultation with the program advisor. The final product will consist of two parts: a research paper and a materials development project.

Research Paper: This project is most suitable for students who have research agenda they would like to explore based on previous coursework. This part of the capstone project involves original or library research in the area of second/foreign language pedagogy or second language acquisition, and writing of a high quality literature review or research paper. The topic should increase the student's academic expertise in this field.

Materials Development: This part of the capstone project involves preparation of substantial original materials to teach the student's foreign language of specialization. Materials are to be presented in a portfolio containing: 1) a description of the materials included, the student population for whom they are intended, and how they are to be used, 2) the materials themselves. These materials must be authored by the student and of a substance and quantity consistent with the credit value of the capstone. They may include: lesson plans, instructional materials, such as listening materials, communication tasks, reading material with associated tasks, workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, textbook chapters, technology-based materials, content-based lesson designs (e.g. based on literary texts, movies, etc.), or other appropriate instructional materials. Materials must be original materials, not a collection of materials from other sources. Materials from other sources may be included, but sources must be appropriately cited.
5. 10 credits of approved electives.

  Foreign Language Requirement

- verification of the C1-level language proficiency or equivalency in German according to the European Framework of References

-exam must be taken within the three quarters of the program; if the candidate fails to pass the exam, the exam may be retaken at the end of the second year

-the language exam must be administered by at least two members of the faculty

-native speakers are exempt from the foreign language requirement

  Evaluation

The Graduate Coordinator will appoint an ad hoc MA committee on a rotating basis. It must consist of at least two faculty members (one member may be from another department, if approved by the faculty). The MA committee is charged with reading and evaluating the capstone project in its entirety. The committee determines collectively whether students pass or fail the capstone project and the committee as a whole is responsible for assigning grades (high pass; good pass; pass; low pass; fail) to both parts of the project. The chair of the committee shall submit a written evaluation for each student, detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the project.

Reading Lists

Attached as PDF below.

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