2014-15 General Catalog

Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics
218 Cowell College
(831) 459-2054

Faculty | Course Descriptions

Program Description

Students interested in acquiring proficiency in German can enroll in language courses from beginning to advanced levels. In addition, students may select from among the following programs: a major or minor in language studies, a major in German studies, a major in literature with an emphasis in German literature, or a major in global economics.

The sequence of lower-division courses 1–6 is aimed at helping students to develop listening and reading comprehension, as well as speaking, reading, and writing skills. Another sequence of lower-division courses, equivalent to levels 1, 2, and 3, consists of courses 1A and 1B, which offer accelerated German language instruction. Courses 1A and 1B are taught sequentially, winter and spring quarters. Instruction takes place almost exclusively in German.

Campus Language Laboratories and Placement Exams

Information about these topics can be found under Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Study Abroad

The Office of International (OIE) offers study abroad opportunities in Berlin, Potsdam, and Göttingen. Students may spend fall or spring semesters or a full academic year in Berlin (Berlin European Studies (BEST) or regular course of study), a spring semester in Potsdam (beginning German language program or intermediate German language and culture program), or a semester or year in Göttingen (graduate study). Language requirements for admission to these programs range from little or no German required (BEST program in Berlin and beginning German program in Potsdam) to one year of college-level German required (intermediate German language and culture program in Potsdam) to two years of college-level German required (regular course of study in Berlin). The Potsdam program courses may also be used to fulfill the language requirement for the year-long program in Berlin. Selected students may continue directly from the spring semester in Potsdam to the one-year program in Berlin. Academic and professional internship opportunities are also available to all students on study abroad in Germany.

Students may apply to any of these programs at any point in their student career. For the year-long programs, students generally apply in their sophomore year for a junior year abroad. As an exception, some students apply in their junior year for a senior year abroad; such students must sometimes spend an additional quarter at UCSC in order to satisfy all requirements for their major. Courses taken abroad can, with approval of an adviser, be applied to major requirements.

For a list of current programs and requirements, visit the OIE web site, For information on credit applied to a major, contact the appropriate department.

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Revised: 09/01/14