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German Language Certificate (9 hours)


This Language Certificate program is administered by the Center for Language Studies (3086 JFSB), http://languagecertificate.byu.edu.

Any matriculated (degree-seeking) BYU student who meets the proficiency and course requirements may earn the German Language Certificate. The proficiency requirement is met through the nationally recognized ACTFL Oral and Writing Proficiency Exams. Qualifying students will be awarded a certificate on one of three levels based on the following:

  1. Advanced Certificate: An ACTFL "Advanced" rating on at least one of the two proficiency exams and 9 hours of coursework with a minimum of a B- grade in each of the three courses.
  2. Mastery Certificate: An ACTFL "Advanced High" rating on at least one of the two proficiency exams and 9 hours of coursework with a minimum of a B- grade in each of the three courses.
  3. Professional Certificate: An ACTFL "Superior" rating on at least one of the two proficiency exams and 9 hours of coursework with a minimum of a B- grade in each of the three courses.

Required Courses:

Note: Students who have completed all of the coursework required for a language major or a language minor will also have satisfied the coursework requirement for the language certificate.

  1. Language - complete one course from the following:
      GERM 301 : Intermediate German. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 301 : Intermediate German. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Germ 202 and/or a score of "Intermediate" or lower on the 300-Level German Placement Test.
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 101, 102, 201, 202.
      DESCRIPTION: Integration of different aspects of language learning including speaking, listening, culture, writing, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. Geared toward "high-intermediate" level language learner.
      NOTE: Counts as an elective towards the German major or minor.

      Course Outcomes


      GERM 302 : Advanced German Language 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 302 : Advanced German Language 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Germ 301 and/or an "advanced" score on the 300-Level German Placement Test (administered in Germ 202 or 330).
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 301, 330 if major language exam score is "intermediate" or lower; Study Abroad in Berlin or Vienna.
      DESCRIPTION: Integration of different aspects of language learning including speaking, listening, culture, writing, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.
      NOTE: Required for German major or minor. Geared toward the "advanced" level language learner.

      Course Outcomes


      GERM 303 : Advanced German Language 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 303 : Advanced German Language 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: GERM 302
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 330; Study Abroad in Berlin or Vienna.
      DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Germ 302. Integration of different aspects of language learning including speaking, listening, culture, writing, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.
      NOTE: Required for German major or minor. Geared toward the "advanced" level language learner.

      Course Outcomes


      GERM 344 : Introduction to Phonetics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 344 : Introduction to Phonetics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: GERM 330
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 301, 302, 303.
      DESCRIPTION: Perfecting listening and speaking skills through applying phonetics and acoustic analysis; practicing speaking and listening.

      Course Outcomes


  2. Civilization:
      GERM 330 : Cultural History of German-Speaking Peoples. (3:3:1.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 330 : Cultural History of German-Speaking Peoples. (3:3:1.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Germ 202 or equivalent experience.
      DESCRIPTION: Culture, with listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar as secondary emphases. Includes International Cinema.
      NOTE: Entry course for returned missionaries or others with equivalent German language experience. Required course for obtaining language credit by examination (Germ 101, 102, 201, 311R). Prerequisite to all 400-level courses. Culminating course for Languages of Learning requirement.

      Course Outcomes


  3. Literature:
      GERM 343 : Introduction to Literary Analysis. (3:3:.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GERM 343 : Introduction to Literary Analysis. (3:3:.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      RECOMMENDED: Germ 302, 303, 330, 340.
      DESCRIPTION: Close reading of texts; examining various critical theories and their application to German prose, drama, poetry, and film. Preparation for 440R - 445R sequence. Includes International Cinema.

      Course Outcomes


Students who successfully complete a certificate will receive an official document verifying their level of achievement. The certificate will be listed on the university transcript.