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The B.A. Major in German provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of both spoken and written German. In addition to the acquisition of these linguistic skills students will be introduced to a wide range of aspects of contemporary German society and culture through the study of numerous multimedia materials and documents in the target language that will be included in the advanced courses in area studies, translation, linguistics and literature. The German programme is offered both as a major and a minor.

All German Major Students are encouraged to attend an intensive summer language course (GRMN3119. Overseas immersion language course – German) of about 4 weeks’ duration at a university in Germany during the summer or winter between their 2nd and 3rd year and successful completion of such a course at the appropriate level will count as 6 credits towards their major requirements. Longer stays of one to two semesters are also encouraged and can be arranged through the German Programme.

In order to major in German, students must initially complete two introductory courses, i.e. GRMN1001 (6 credits) and GRMN1002 (6 credits). In their second, third and fourth years of study, they must take a total of at least 54 credits of courses of which up to 6 credits may be from a list of approved non-GRMN courses. These courses should normally be distributed as follows:

- 24 credits from courses at level 2XXX, of which 12 credits must be from the core language courses GRMN2001 and GRMN2002.

- 30 credits from courses at level 3XXX or 4XXX, of which 12 credits must be from the core language courses GRMN3001 (6 credits) and GRMN3002 (6 credits) and 6 credits from GRMN3022, GRMN4001 or GRMN4006 capstone courses designed to allow the application of disciplinary knowledge and principles acquired in the first, second and third years.

The BA in German combines well with all other majors in the Faculty of Arts, in particular with courses and Programmes on linguistics, literature, translation and area studies such as European Studies. Students from other faculties such as Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Science, Social Sciences, etc. might find the Programme useful to widen their international outlook and intercultural communication skills and to enhance their chances for postgraduate studies at an international level.

BA Syllabus

German Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU