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Germanic, Slavic, & East Asian Languages & Literatures


 Graduate Index

Margit Resch, Chair of the Department


    Wolfgang D. Elfe, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1970
    Margit Resch, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1974

Associate Professors

    Charles J. Alber, Ph.D., Indiana University, 1971
    Kurt G. Goblirsch, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1990

    Yoshitaka Sakakibara, Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1984

    Sarah Westphal, Ph.D., Yale University, 1983

    Tan Ye, Ph.D., Washington University, 1991

Assistant Professors

    Junko Baba, Ph.D., University of Texas, 1996
    Judith E. Kalb, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1996

    Agnes Mueller, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1997

    Alexander J. Ogden, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1997

    Wiebke Strehl, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1992

    Nicholas Vazsonyi, Ph.D., University of California—Los Angeles, 1993


    Nikolaus Euba, M.A., Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, 1994
    Charles B. Owens, M.A., University of South Carolina, 1996

    Anja Restenberger, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2000

    Elena Schmitt, M.A., West Virginia University, 1993

Faculty Emeriti

    Francis J. Dannerbeck, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1965
    James N. Hardin, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1967
    Gunther J. Holst, Ph.D., University of Texas, 1971
    Gerda P. Jordan, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1971


The department offers programs leading to the Master of Arts (with or without thesis), the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in German.


Generally, admission requirements include a combined score of 800 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or a minimum score of 40 on the Miller Analogies Test. International candidates whose primary language is not English must have a TOEFL exam score of 570 (230 computer-based score).

In order to enroll in graduate courses in the Department of Germanic, Slavic, and East Asian Languages and Literatures, candidates may be required to make up any such deficiencies demonstrated on a diagnostic examination. The background required in any foreign language is that normally completed by an undergraduate major in the field concerned.

The department reserves the right to require its candidates for the degree of Master of Arts to take special examinations on any undergraduate courses when advisable.

Degree Requirements

The three basic requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in German consist of: 30–33 semester hours of course work; a written and oral comprehensive examination; and demonstration of a reading knowledge in a second foreign language. Students who write a thesis must take a total of 30 semester hours, of which no more than six may be thesis credits (799)and at least 15 must be in non-thesis 700 level courses; there is a final oral examination for students who write a thesis. Students who do not write a thesis must submit an enhanced seminar paper; they are required to take a total of 33 semester hours of course work, at least 24 of which must be in 700-level courses.

The final draft of the thesis signed by the professors concerned must be filed with The Graduate School not less than 20 days before the end of the final semester. German 799 may be included as part of the Master of Arts programs in the department.

The M.A.T. is designed for those persons seeking a master’s degree and initial South Carolina certification as an educator. All candidates must complete 21 hours of graduate course work in German and 33 hours of graduate course work in professional education as well as fulfill all other requirements for Class I certification.

The Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree for secondary-school teachers is designed for college graduates who already hold a professional certificate in the teaching field in which they wish to earn the master’s degree or who are academically certifiable by virtue of course work previously earned. Upon completion of the I.M.A. degree program, recipients will be eligible for a South Carolina Class I certificate in the teaching area. Major emphasis in this program is placed on course work in the teaching area. The I.M.A. degree requires 33 hours of graduate-level course work with nine credits in professional education, 21 credits in the teaching area, and three credits in an elective course that addresses current issues and concerns of teachers.

Course Descriptions

Attention is called to the fact that the following courses may be taken by graduate students, on the approval of the degree-awarding department and The Graduate School, to enable them to fulfill the reading knowledge requirement for certain degrees. In such cases graduate students fulfill their language requirement by obtaining a grade of S in the course.

ARAB 315. Intensive Readings in Arabic.

GERM 315. Intensive Readings in German.

RUSS 315, 316. Intensive Readings in Russian.


Foreign Languages (FORL)

  • 510—Teaching Second Languages to Young Children. {=EDEL 510} (3) (Prereq: 210 level of a foreign language or its equivalent) To assist prospective teachers of young children in the development of a second language and multicultural learning activities. Practicum sessions are an integral part.
  • 598—Topics in World Film. {=FILM 598} (3) Intensive study of a specific topic concerning films produced in a country other than the United States. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of courses by suffix and title.
  • 700 A, C, E, F, G, I, J, K, P, R, S—Language Training in International Business I. {=DMSB 700} (1–12) An introduction to the fundamentals of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, English, or such other languages as may be required, and an intensive study of the culture and specialized language of the business world in which the language is used as may be necessary for M.I.B.S. candidates to function as business specialists in regions other than their native country. Open to M.I.B.S. majors only. Not for graduate credit in a foreign language department. (A suffix will denote the language to be taught.)
  • 703 A, C, E, F, G, I, J, K, P, R, S—Language Training in International Business II. {=DMSB 703} (1–3) A continuation of BADM/FORL 700 for practice in written and oral communication as may be required for students enrolled in the Master of International Business Studies program. Open to M.I.B.S. majors only. Not for major credit in a graduate program in the foreign language departments.
  • 705A, C, E, F, G, I, J, K, P, R, S—Language Training in International Business III. {=DMSB 705} (6) Intensive course for students in the Master of International Business Studies program, intended to investigate on an advanced level the linguistic and cultural aspects of business and to prepare the student for an internship either in the United States or abroad. Not for major credit in a graduate program in the foreign language departments.

Courses offered in the Comparative Literature Program may also be taken for graduate credit.


German (GERM)

  • 500—Survey of German Culture. (3) (Prereq: advanced reading ability in German) Historical survey of the German contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of Europe. Texts and films in German.
  • 515—Introduction to German Linguistics. {=LING 503} (3) (Prereq: consent of instructor) Structural and descriptive linguistics applied to the German language.
  • 575—Teaching German in Secondary Schools. {=EDSE 578} (3) Current methods, techniques, and materials of instruction appropriate for secondary schools.
  • 580—Topics in German Film. (3) Examination of recurring themes and issues or of significant periods and influential styles in German film. Course content varies and individual topics will be announced with course suffix and title.
  • 598—Selected Topics in German. (3) (Prereq: consent of instructor)
  • 700—Proseminar. (3) Introduction to literary methods in the field of Germanics, combined with practical instruction in bibliography and in the preparation of elementary research projects.
  • 705—History of the German Language. {=LING 733} (3) (Prereq: reading knowledge of High German) Relationship of German to the other Germanic languages. Phonological and morphological development of German. Attention also to syntax, vocabulary, and dialects.
  • 710—Middle High German. (3) A study of Middle High German language and literature with special emphasis on the lyric and epic poetry of the late 12th and early 13th centuries.
  • 720—The German Renaissance and Baroque. (3) Reading and interpretation of significant literary works of the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • 730—The German Enlightenment and its Counter-Currents. (3) Reading and discussion of key literary and classical works from specific 18th-century movements, including Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Weimar Classicism.
  • 740—German Romanticism. (3) The development of German Romanticism, its major literary works and personalities.
  • 750—German Realism. (3) German Realism, its major literary works and background.
  • 760—German Literature from 1889 to 1945. (3) Currents of German literature since Naturalism, accompanied by critical reading of characteristic works by major writers of the period.
  • 770—Recent and Contemporary German Literature. (3) The development of German literature since World War II, through critical reading and interpretation of major representative works.
  • 775—Seminars on Selected Topics in Foreign Language Education. {=EDSE 785, =FREN 775, =LATN 775, =SPAN 775} (3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Topics will be identified by suffix and title in the schedule of classes. Each topic may be taken only once.
  • 776—The Teaching of German in College I. (2) Basic principles of teaching German combined with practical demonstrations. Does not count toward M.A. or M.A.T.
  • 777—The Teaching of German in College II. (1) Basic principles of teaching German combined with practical demonstrations. This course will not count toward the M.A. or M.A.T. degree. Spring only.
  • 780—German Seminar. (3) Content varies.
  • 781—German Seminar. (3) Content varies.
  • 790—Directed Reading and Research. (3)
  • 799—Thesis Preparation. (1–9)

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