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From the 2024/2025 academic year onwards, the School of Modern Languages and Cultures will introduce a new undergraduate major in Global and Area Studies.

German in the Global and Area Studies Major provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of both spoken and written German.

Advanced courses in area studies, translation, linguistics, and literature will introduce students to a wide range of aspects of contemporary society and culture in the German-speaking countries.

German is offered both in the Major in Global and Area Studies and as a minor.

1. German in the Language Intensive stream of Global and Area Studies Major

To study German in the Language Intensive stream, students must initially complete two introductory language courses GRMN1001 (6 credits) and GRMN1002 (6 credits) as prerequisite courses.

In their second, third and fourth years of study, they must take a total of at least 30 credits of courses: 
- 12 credits from the core language courses GRMN2001 (6 credits) and GRMN2002 (6 credits) 
- 18 credits from the core language courses GRMN3001 (6 credits) and GRMN3002 (6 credits) 
  and a GRMN content course at advanced level (6 credits) 

Experiential Learning courses (6 credits): Students in the Global and Area Studies Major can choose one course from the following experiential learning activities. Students in German studies are strongly encouraged to attend an overseas immersion language course or pursue an exchange programme for one to two semesters at a university in a German-speaking country. An internship and a field trip related to German are also encouraged. Successful completion of such an experiential learning course will count as 6 credits towards the requirements in the Language and Intensive stream.

Study abroad  
GLAS3100. Exchange programme (one semester or one year); or 
GLAS3119. Overseas immersion language course  
 
Internship  
GLAS3111. Global and Area Studies internship  
 
Field trip  
GLAS3112. Field trip course  

Capstone Experience courses (6 credits): Students in German studies can take the GLAS4903 Directed study capstone course (GRMN4001 or GRMN4006) designed to allow the application of disciplinary knowledge and principles acquired in the first, second and third years.

 
2. German in the Cultures and Societies stream of Global and Area Studies Major 
- 12 credits from the core language courses GRMN1001 (6 credits) and GRMN1002 (6 credits) 
- 12 credits from the core language courses GRMN2001 (6 credits) and GRMN2002 (6 credits) 
3. German Minor
- 12 credits from the core language courses GRMN1001 (6 credits) and GRMN1002 (6 credits) 
- 12 credits from the core language courses GRMN2001 (6 credits) and GRMN2002 (6 credits) 
- 12 credits from the core language courses GRMN3001 (6 credits) and GRMN3002 (6 credits) 

German in the Global and Area Studies Major combines well with all other majors in in the University.

German will widen students┬┤ international outlook and intercultural communication skills and enhance their chances for postgraduate studies at an international level.


German Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU