The program is attractive to highly motivated students who plan to study abroad and who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in German or second language acquisition. It may serve as preparation for other programs, such as those related to international studies, library science, business with an international focus, or international relations. Students seeking careers in teaching or other fields may pursue the combined degree as a credential.
Applicants to the joint program must:
be University of Iowa undergraduate students;
have completed 80 s.h. or be in the process of completing at least 90 s.h. of undergraduate work;
have completed or be in the process of completing at least 21 s.h. of 100-level courses in the German major;
have a g.p.a of at least 3.50 at the time of application, or have a letter from a Department of German faculty member recommending an exception; and
have completed or be in the process of completing at the time of application a study abroad program in a German-speaking country, or have satisfied this requirement another way.
Applicants must be admitted to the combined program before the beginning of their seventh semester (senior year).
Students in the program must meet the usual requirements for the comprehensive track of the B.A. in German as well as those for the M.A. They ordinarily spend two semesters in their junior year enrolled in the study abroad program at the University of Freiburg, in Germany (see "Study Abroad" below) unless they have met this expectation another way (e.g., a year abroad during high school or a study abroad program with similar content).
During the last two semesters of their senior year, they may take up to 12 s.h. of graduate-level courses, which may be counted toward both degrees, as follows: 6 s.h. may be counted toward the course requirements for the undergraduate German major, and 6 s.h. may be counted as undergraduate electives.
Students must maintain an undergraduate German g.p.a. of at least 3.50; if they fail to meet this standard for more than one semester, they may be required to leave the program.
After completing the B.A. requirements, students complete the remaining M.A. requirements. They must have an undergraduate g.p.a. of at least 3.00 when they achieve graduate standing.
Students pay undergraduate tuition and fees during their first semester in the combined program enrollment (normally their seventh semester); beginning with their second semester in the program (normally their eighth semester), they begin paying graduate tuition and fees. Students may hold a graduate appointment beginning with their second semester in the combined program.