For students who are beginning their pursuit of a BA in German with an already advanced background in German, and who are thus in position to complete their BA requirements more quickly, our department offers the innovative 5-year BA/MA program. One of only a handful such programs in the U.S., it allows students to obtain both a BA and an MA in German in a total time of only five years.
NEW CORE COURSE PROGRAM (BEGINNING IN 2020):
I. "PARADIGMS OF INTERPRETATION" SEQUENCE:
GER 690 -- FORM AND STRUCTURE
GER 691 -- GENDER, RACE, CLASS, NATION
GER 692 -- SUBJECT, CONSCIOUSNESS, MIND
II. "MEDIATIONS" SEQUENCE:
GER 693 -- PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM, VIDEO, ELECTRONIC MEDIA
GER 694 -- ENVIRONMENT AND TEXT
GER 695 -- TRANSLATIONS/TRANSFORMATIONS
when to apply
Undergraduate students who are Majors in German at the University of Oregon need to apply by January 5 of their Junior year for admission into the BA/MA program the following Fall term. During the Fall term before applying, interested applicants should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), about potential coursework to complete during that year, such as courses remaining to fulfill the Major requirements, or courses towards fulfilling the second-language requirement. Students who will be studying abroad during their Junior year are encouraged to start planning during the Spring term prior to going abroad.
Upon completion of all BA requirements they will have full graduate student status for the summer term following graduation and their subsequent second year in the program. During this summer they work closely with a faculty member towards a topic for their MA thesis and their reading list, which prepares them optimally for their remaining coursework, thesis writing, and exams during their second year.
For their second year in the program students are eligible for a Graduate Employee (GE) position, teaching one section of first-year German per term while continuing their own course of study. We offer plentiful mentoring and support for these teaching responsibilities. The financial compensation of the GEship, along with a tuition waiver and health insurance available at minimal cost, enables students to support themselves while working towards the M.A. degree. They also gain valuable teaching experience that will be an asset in any future career, particularly in the field of education.
application for the 5-year BA/MA program
Undergraduate students who are Majors in German at the University of Oregon should apply by January 15 of their Junior year for admission into the BA/MA program the following Fall term. During the Fall term before applying, interested applicants should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (by visiting our advising page).
Applicants will apply via the online GradWeb system for graduate admission effective the Summer term immediately following their graduation with a BA, which is the point when the Graduate School would officially admit them as MA students. However, successful applicants will already be informally admitted to the program by the Department of German and Scandinavian effective the Fall term of their senior year. A full listing of the required application documents may be found here: A full listing of the required application documents can be found here.