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2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

German, M.A.

The German Master of Arts program focuses on cultural studies topics and skills regarding foremost literature, cinema, philosophy, and pedagogy. Students are encouraged to study at German-speaking universities and the program assists with overseas study plans. For graduate students interested in multimedia teaching technology, the program provides special projects and practical opportunities. Teaching Assistantships are available.


  1. A bachelor of arts degree in German or:
  2. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 units of upper‑division courses in German. These courses must be comparable to those required of a major in German at the University. Deficiencies will be determined by the department.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy should take place upon completion of at least six units, preferably no more than nine units applicable to the program, with at least a 3.0 GPA.

The program will request advancement to candidacy only after a student has filed a transcript of credits or a change‑of‑objective form, completed the prerequisites, and fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Graduate students who earned a degree from an accredited college or university in the United States satisfy the GWAR.

The student program of study must be approved by the graduate advisor, departmental committee, and the College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.


  • Completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved upper‑division and graduate courses with 24 units in German;
  • A minimum of 21 units in the 500 and 600 series taken at the CSULB campus in German. Teaching Associates must take RGR 601 (Teaching Methodology). This course counts as an elective toward the German MA.
  • Students must demonstrate reading knowledge of French, Italian, Latin, Russian, or Spanish at the intermediate level or higher by examination. Another language may be substituted only with the approval of the graduate advisor. Students can also demonstrate their language competence via AP credit (4 or 5) or by completing coursework in these languages equivalent to the 200 or 201B-level at CSULB.
  • A comprehensive examination or, with permission of a Graduate Advisor, a thesis. (Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity.)

Single Subject Teaching Credential in German

For information, refer to the undergraduate section in this department.