Global Cultures and Languages
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Study Abroad in Germany
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Catalog Description and Credit Hours of Course: Work experience using German in a professional setting in a business or agency. (3
Prerequisites: Declared German major; Junior standing, with completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours in German; Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 3.0 in German; Approval of the Department of Foreign Languages and Anthropology.
Purposes and objectives of the course: To provide exceptional German majors with the opportunity for professional work experience
using German language skills; To provide the opportunity to work with professionals in the field; To provide students with additional preparation for employment or admission to graduate
Expectations of students: To complete a minimum of 120 work hours in the business or agency; To complete all work agreed upon by the course instructor and the field supervisor;
To keep a weekly journal with a record of activities; To complete required outside readings which supplement the work experience; To participate in meetings with the course instructor; To submit to the instructor a final course project evaluating and integrating all
aspects of the experience.
Expectations of the Instructor: To maintain contact with the field supervisor in order to coordinate the work of the
intern; To coordinate outside readings with the activities of the intern; To meet regularly with the intern for progress reports and discussions of readings;
To review the student's journal on a regular basis, evaluate the course project, and
assign a grade.
Course Content or Outline: Course content varies with the internship setting. Course content is established by
the field supervisor in conjunction with the course instructor. Activities may include
reading and/or translating material in the foreign language, writing summaries, providing
telephone communication, and completing other foreign language tasks as needed by
the host business or agency.
Textbook: No textbook is required. Materials needed vary according to the work setting. students
are required to read outside material which they may purchase or obtain from the library.
Basis for Student Evaluation: Evaluation of field supervisor-35% Participation in discussion of readings-20% Student's journal-20% Final course project-25%
Application Process: Students with exceptional language skills are eligible to apply for internships as
they become available. Students must complete an Internship Application available
in the Foreign Language Department. Acceptance is based upon the student's language
proficiency, academic record, and recommendations by professors. Final determination
depends on matching a student's skills and interests with the needs of a business
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