Our aim is to become a top destination for students in the state of Georgia and beyond who are passionate about foreign languages and cultures, and who seek to engage critically with questions of diversity, multiculturalism, and globalization as they manifest themselves in a variety of countries, languages, and cultural artifacts. We endeavor to make contact between and among cultures a daily reality for the general community at the University of West Georgia and to thus enhance multicultural and global awareness and sensitivity.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

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  • Overview

    The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures educates students to become better global citizens through instruction in foreign language, literature, film and culture. Through this study, students gain further knowledge of their own language and culture and are able to make informed cultural comparisons.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

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  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

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    • GRMN-1001 - Elementary German I

      An introduction to the German language and the culture of the German-speaking world. Beginning of a survey of basic German grammar and the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing German. Some aspects of everyday life in the German-speaking world will also be introduced. Institutional option: Work with other media (audio, video, and/or computer) outside of class is required.

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    • GRMN-1002 - Elementary German II

      The second part of an introduction to the German language and culture of the German-speaking world. Completion of the survey of basic German grammar and further development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing German. Aspects of everyday life in the German-speaking world will also be introduced. Institutional Option: Work with other media (audio, video, and/or computer) outside of class is required.

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    • GRMN-2001 - Intermediate German I

      This is the third course in a four-course sequence and is open to students with three years of high school or two semesters of college German or the equivalent.

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    • GRMN-2002 - Intermediate German II

      This is the fourth course in a four-course sequence and is open to students with four years of high school or three semesters of college German or the equivalent.

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    • GRMN-3101 - Conversational German

      Intensive practice of spoken German with emphasis on the expansion of vocabulary, idiom, and cultural awareness as well as enhanced skill in pronunciation and expression.

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    • GRMN-3102 - German Composition

      Acquisition of organizational and writing skills through grammar review and expansion, vocabulary enhancement, and compositions based on contemporary and cultural topics.

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    • GRMN-4484 - Senior Capstone

      Students prepare individual electronic portfolios in which they assess their linguistic and cultural knowledge. Students will be required to pass an oral proficiency interview.

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    Major Selects

    SELECT 6: GRMN 3101, 3102, 3986, 4170, 4200, 4210, 4220, 4230, 4240, 4785, 4986

    • GRMN-3101 - Conversational German

      Intensive practice of spoken German with emphasis on the expansion of vocabulary, idiom, and cultural awareness as well as enhanced skill in pronunciation and expression.

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    • GRMN-3102 - German Composition

      Acquisition of organizational and writing skills through grammar review and expansion, vocabulary enhancement, and compositions based on contemporary and cultural topics.

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    • GRMN-3986 - Total Immersion in German

      Participants in this course will agree to speak only German for a specified amount of time, from 48 hours to three weeks. Students are required to participate in organized events and activities including films, tasks such as cooking or clean-up, discussion, and games, all facilitating student communication in German. Some quiet study and reading periods will allow consolidation of vocabulary gains and help relieve stress, a natural and necessary component of total immersion. The total immersion experience is highly intense and sometimes uncomfortable, but often produces remarkable results in terms of increased fluency.

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    • GRMN-4170 - Advanced Language Skills

      An intensive and extensive study of the principles governing the structure of the German language. In this course students will refine and extend their language skills.

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    • GRMN-4210 - Turn of the Century German and Austrian Culture

      This course will analyze a variety of texts- short stories, plays, novels, films, architecture, and painting -- from and about turn of the century Germany and Austria, with some emphasis on cultural and ideological practices. Discussion, papers and texts will be in German. Students may not receive credit for GRMN 4210 and the XIDS course of the same title.

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    • GRMN-4220 - German Culture through Film

      This course offers an introduction to 20th century history and culture through the depictions and interpretations of aspects of social history in German film and painting. Discussions and papers will be in German. Students may not receive credit for GRMN 4220 and the XIDS course of the same title.

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    • GRMN-4230 - Kafka and the Kafkaesque in Literature and Film

      This course offers in introduction to Kafka's life and work and examines his influence on 20th century thought and art. In the process we will both broaden and personalize our understandings of 'kafkaesque', that most fashionable of adjectives. Discussion, papers and readings will be in German. Students may not receive credit for GRMN 4230 and the XIDS course of the same title.

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    • GRMN-4240 - Mystery and Horror in German Literature and Film

      This course traces the mystery and horror genres from their 'beginnings' in German Romanticism through early German film (including emigres to Hollywood and Hitchcock, who was schooled in Germany) to New German Film of the 70's and 80's Discussion, readings and paper will be in German. Students may not receive credit for GRMN 4240 and XIDS course of the same title.

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    • GRMN-4986 - Internship in Germany

      In addition to working in a German company in Germany, students must at least furnish a long written report on the work experiences. Additional requirements are added for each additional hour of credit. May be repeated up to two times for a maximum of 5 hours credit. The grade is based upon the quality of the written products and on an interview with the returning stude

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    A certificate in European Union Studies can be earned in one of two ways. Under the academic track, a certificate is taken in tandem with an undergraduate degree program. Students from all academic majors are eligible to participate so long as they possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). It should be noted that some institutions permit the certificate to substitute for an academic minor. Under the professional track, non-degree students—such as business executives—are eligible to enroll in the program upon proof of a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited institution on the condition that they fulfill the minimum GPA requirement of 2.75

    Application Deadlines

    For more information, go to UWG Admission Deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    Program Administration and Course Registration:

    Dr. Robert Kilpatrick
    Interim Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
    1601 Maple St.
    Carrollton, GA 30118
    Phone #: (678) 839-5960
    Fax # (678) 839-5931
    E-mail: rkilpat@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

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