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German Studies: Background

MCLLC Major and Minor and M.A. in German

MCLLC Major and Minor

The MCLLC Major

The new MCLLC major has tracks in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Japan Studies and Russian Studies. All of the separate majors MCLLC housed in the past are still available to students; they are now offered as tracks in the new MCLLC major. In addition, we've added Arabic and Islamic Studies. Diplomas for the new major will read MCL: followed by the track name. For example: MCL: Classics.

Major requirements: MCL 100: "The World of Language," MCL 200: "Global Literacy," MCL 495: "Senior Capstone," and one MCL cognate class (a course in MCLLC but outside of the student's chosen major track). 12 hours MCL core courses.

Track requirements: 12-18 hours of required track courses and 12-18 hours of track electives. The distribution of hours varies by track, but all tracks require 30 hours focusing on a particular language and culture. In all cases, the major and track requirements combined equal 42 hours, regardless of language track. The number of courses required in the target language varies by track.

The MCLLC Minor

The new MCLLC minor has tracks in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Folklore and Mythology, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Japan Studies, and Russian Studies. These are all the minors previously offered separately in MCLLC but with the addition of Italian Studies. Each minor track has 2-3 required courses and 3-4 electives. There are 18 hours required for all MCLLC minors.

Languages Taught in MCLLC

MCLLC teaches a total of 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Russian.

Culture Courses Taught in English in MCLLC

In addition to language courses, MCLLC also teaches a wide variety of courses in English translation focusing on various aspects of culture, including film, folklore, and literature.


M.A. in German Studies

Concurrent degree programs are also available which combine, for example, a graduate degree in diplomacy or in library science with the M.A. in German Studies. We also have an exchange program with both the University of Heidelberg and the PH Ludwigsburg.

A primary goal of our M.A. program is to combine an intellectually stimulating course of studies with a nurturing environment. The KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference allows graduate students to be part of the oldest continuing foreign language conference in the United States.

Innovative Programs: For information about the Masters of Arts in Teaching World Languages (MATWL), the Masters of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), the University Scholars Program (a BA & MA in German which can be completed in 4 or 5 years), please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Milena Minkova ( / (859) 257 5710) or consult MCLLC’s web-site.

University Scholars Program in German

University Scholars

Students interested in pursuing the 4-year option should indicate their interest to the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies upon declaration of a major and/or upon entry to UK, since all students in this option are advised by department faculty.