2018 - 2019

In German we do more than just teach you a language. We offer undergraduate programs and courses in German literature, culture and language, German for business and commerce, and Russian literature, language and culture. We also offer excellent opportunities to sharpen your language skills and experience their cultures first hand with programs delivered in Heidelberg, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. The knowledge of two or three languages is vital in today's global environment. Training in German and Russian helps prepare students for careers in international business, the foreign service, the publishing industry, as translators, and in international law to name just a few.



 Year One   Year Two   Year Three  Year Four and Beyond
STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first GERM major courses GERM 1000 and GERM 1001.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca. 

If you are pursuing the literature stream: In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take GERM 2010, GERM 2011, 2900 or 2901 and one additional GERM course. 

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult  departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

 As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take GERM 3010, GERM 3011, and two courses at the 3000 level or above.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations and requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests. 

 

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take GERM 4010 and 4011 two GERM courses.

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

 

STUDY TIPS

 

  • Begin your degree workplan with the Academic Advising Centre
  • Be an active student; carefully examine your course syllabus, attend class, participate, ask questions, and visit instructors during office hours
  • Improve your writing skills, avoid plagiarism, and maintain academic integrity with the help of the Writing Centre
  • Study tips, personal and group counselling are available at the Counselling Centre
  • Seek support for disabilities, illnesses, mental health or temporary illnesses, and injuries through the Blundon Centre
  • Take advantage of German conversation classes offered by the department
  • Explore the study tips for years two through four - any tip is always helpful

 

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors 

CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

 

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Check out the German society to get informed, involved, and attend their mixer.

Attend German and Russian speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through associations like the Canadian Association of University Teachers in German (CAUTG).

Think globally about your academic involvement - International Association for Germanic Studies.

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Consider participating in the department's bi-annual Berlin/Heidelberg Field school.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

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A graduate of Memorial University and ex-Muse editor. Duleepa (“Dups”) Wijayawardhanahas worked with game-changing companies such as BioWare (acquired by Electronic Arts), MySQL (acquired by Sun Microsystems). In 2010, Dups co-founded Silicon Valley-funded Empire Avenue -- which became one of the top 1000 websites in the world (recently acquired by PeopleBrowser Inc.). He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario and is CTO at Green Elk and involved in way too many startups including some through the Genesis Centre at Memorial. You can catch him at blog.dups.ca and www.dups.ca.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

Quite probably I would have thought that there was some mistake along the way! Certainly it’s not even remotely close to where I thought my studies would take me, though not so far from my interests.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

Since I was an international student from Hong Kong in the days before the Internet, much of my challenges involved culture shock and trying to just make a few friends. For me, St. John’s was as alien a world as arriving in Kenya and going on safari. I decided to suck up my fear and just go join a student society. Since I was always interested in journalism and writing in high school I joined The Muse and since I was already doing German at a fairly high level for a first year, I joined the German society. My advice for any student crossing over to the big bad world of university is to join a society of some sort to give a “centre base” between courses.

What resources did you use while at MUN?

A better question in my case might have been what didn’t I use! I was part of and created a number of student societies, used pretty much any tool that the CSU (the MUNSU of the time) gave me, worked summer jobs through the MUCEP program, participated in as many extra curricular activities as possible, and used the digital capabilities and computers available to me. I’ve even snuck down to the music building and used their pianos when I’ve needed a break and borrowed much film gear to produce an amateur “blaxploitation” film. At my time at Memorial, and I would imagine today, it wasn’t and isn’t about your courses but using the vast resources available, whether people or technology, which truly sets a university apart from a simple college or high school.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

At all levels of my academic career, the professors and advisors that helped me along the way are without doubt some of the most important people in my life to this day. My first summer job for Dr. Hans Rollmann Sr. put me firmly in the path for my life on the Internet in 1993 and other faculty members like Dr. Erwin Warkentin and Dr. Chris Youe encouraged me to expand my horizons. Talking with and later becoming friends with staff members like Andrew Draskoy, Randy Dodge and others in computing and communications are all interactions that stand out in my mind. Every person you meet changes your life in some small way. University and college is one of the few times in our lives where we are thrown into a crucible where the many voices of so many disciplines are open to us, and even more amazing, are willing to just talk to us.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

Extra-curricular activities at Memorial have defined my life since then. My being co-editor of the Muse put me in charge of budgets and understanding human resources. Being production manager of the Muse allowed me to look at graphic arts, technology and streamlining a product line. Starting the MUN Shaft Society allowed me to experiment with campus marketing (this was before the Internet, mind you). Working with the MUN German Society helped me learn another culture far better than going to classes -- and how to dance the Shuehplaettler, which I have since used to amaze German clients and colleagues. Working with the CSU as a copy/print boy reminded me of the importance of the day-to-day work ethic required to get anywhere in life. Both the Muse and CHMR gave me the technical jobs that allowed me to have a career at all.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

Nope. I would have loved to. However there were added problems as I was an international student with a Sri Lankan passport and I couldn’t be bothered :) I guess for me studying at Memorial was my study-abroad program!

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Memorial is what you make of it. I am without a doubt the child of Memorial, but more importantly, the people I met at Memorial. If you are already looking at a class schedule in your first year, you know that you have what it takes to finish your courses, all that is is a matter of diligent studying. However, Memorial, and any university for that matter, is so much more than the coursework. Take the time to chat with those teaching you. Have a beer with a staff member. Join an organization and just give it a go. What do you have to lose? Every day I am reminded of a challenge I had at Memorial and having already experienced that challenge allows me to calmly take the challenge and try to do better than the previous effort. This is truly why we have an Humanities and Social Sciences education: To solve the challenges of human society that cannot be answered by an equation, chemical reaction or mechanical object. And we have a lot of challenges left to solve!

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)