(College of Letters & Science)
Sven-Erik Rose, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department; term ends June 30, 2020
Jenny Kaminer, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department; term July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023
Department Office. German & Russian; 216 Sproul Hall; 530-752-5799; http://german.ucdavis.edu
The Major Program
The German major explores in depth the literature and language, the culture, history, politics, and commerce of the German-speaking world (primarily Germany, Austria and Switzerland). The key to the major lies in the careful balance between solid core requirements and the possibility to explore German subject areas through the lens of other disciplines, such as music, art, philosophy, history, and economics.
The Program. The department offers courses that highlight literary figures, movements and themes. These courses form the core of upper division literature electives, but we also offer courses that discuss contemporary culture, history, politics, and commerce in German-speaking countries. Regardless of emphasis, students will find maximum practice in spoken and written German as well as in listening comprehension in all upper division courses offered in German.
Career Alternatives. Completion of the major prepares students for graduate study in German or for career opportunities in international fields ranging from employment in business and government to careers in the fine arts and sciences. Also, it permits admission to professional schools such as law and medicine.
Honors & Honors Program. The honors program consists of two quarters of research (194H) terminating in an honors thesis. For details consult the undergraduate major advisor. Graduation with high or highest honors requires participation in the honors program.
Graduate Study. The Department offers programs of study and research leading to the M.A. degree and to the Ph.D. degree in German Literature. Additional degree options for a designated emphasis are available through departmental affiliations with the programs in Social Theory & Comparative History, Critical Theory, Feminist Theory & Research, and Second Language Acquisition. Detailed information may be obtained by writing to the Department Chairperson or the Graduate Advisor.
Graduate Advisor. Chunjie Zhang
Prerequisite Credit. Credit normally will not be given on the lower division level for a course that is the prerequisite of a course already successfully completed.
Major Advisor. Elisabeth Krimmer