The B.A./M.A. program in German is designed to prepare undergraduate students for career choices requiring advanced knowledge of German language, literature, and culture, or a sophisticated understanding of the German intellectual and critical traditions. The four-year undergraduate component of the program includes one semester of study abroad and leads to the B.A. degree. Students in this portion of the program develop their language skills and cultural awareness and examine significant works and authors of German literature.
Eligibility: Students must have completed 48 credits of undergraduate work, with at least 16 of these points completed at NYU, and have been approved by the director of undergraduate studies for application to the combined degree program. Students must also meet the following minimum requirements for admission to the program:
- Primary major in German
- Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Major GPA of 3.6 or higher
- Satisfactory completion at NYU of at least two 4-point courses in German at the advanced level by the start of the first semester in the program
- Evidence of overall language competency in German, sufficient for successful advanced undergraduate and graduate study
Study Abroad: Undergraduates accepted into the program are required to spend at least one semester studying abroad in one of the NYU exchange programs in a German-speaking country. The study abroad requirement may be waived by the department in consideration of special circumstances. Summer study in an approved program may be used to satisfy the study abroad requirement.
Master’s Thesis: Students are required at the end of the fifth year of the program to submit a master’s thesis, which should represent the culmination of a longer-term research effort.