UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Phelps Hall 6206
Telephone: (805) 893-2131
Undergraduate e-mail: ashley@gss.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: gd-germ@gss.ucsb.edu
Website: www.gss.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Wolf Kittler


 
Overview

The Department of Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies offers programs of study leading to the B.A. in German, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Germanic languages and literatures, and the B.A. in Slavic languages and literatures. Students in each program acquire an appropriate linguistic background in lower-division courses, study the historical development of the language, and are exposed to the modern language in most upper-division classes. The curriculum for each program is designed to provide a thorough survey of the literature.

Two years of Hebrew language courses are offered, with additional offerings in literature.

Qualified students majoring in German may spend their junior year at the University’s Education Abroad Center at Göttingen. In addition, there are opportunities for students to study for a semester in Pottsdam, Göttingen, or Berlin. Qualified students majoring in Slavic languages and literatures are strongly encouraged to spend a semester at UC’s Education Abroad Program in Moscow. Hebrew language and literature students are prepared for study in the University of California’s Center for Education Abroad in Jerusalem. Prior study of the relevant language is either required or recommended in every case.

Undergraduate and graduate students have access to staff and faculty advisors throughout their studies. Students with a bachelor’s degree in German or Slavic languages and literatures who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential should contact the credential advisor in the Graduate School of Education as soon as possible.

Senior Honors Program in German–Requirements

Students may request nomination for the senior honors program by filing an application form, or they may be nominated by faculty. Qualifying requirements include an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0, with 3.5 in the German major, and at least 105 units completed, including at least two upper-division courses in German.

To earn departmental senior honors, students will work with a professor of their choice for two quarters to complete a senior thesis, while receiving course credit for German 197 (Senior Honors Project). No more than 4 units of 197 credits may be applied to the major requirements. Students who complete departmental honors will receive the notation of “Distinction in the Major” on both official transcripts and their diploma. Students interested in departmental honors should consult with the undergraduate advisor.

Senior Honors Program in Slavic–Requirements

Students may request nomination for the senior honors program by filing an application form, or they may be nominated by faculty. Qualifying requirements include an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0, with 3.5 in the Slavic languages and literatures major, and at least 105 units completed, including at least two upper-division courses in the Slavic undergraduate program.

 To earn departmental senior honors, students will work with a professor of their choice for two quarters to complete a senior thesis, while receiving course credit for Slavic 197. No more than 4 units of 197 credits may be applied to the major requirements. Students who complete departmental honors will receive the notation of “Distinction in the Major” on both official transcripts and their diploma. Students interested in departmental honors should consult with the undergraduate advisor.