Graduate Program Handbook

Last Update: May 10, 2016

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Table of Contents

I. GERMAN STUDIES GRADUATE  PROGRAM

  1. CHAIR’S WELCOME NOTE 
  2. DEPARTMENTAL WEB SITE
  3. GENERAL INFORMATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
    1.  Checklist for New Students
    2.  Advising
    3.  The Parlor
    4.  Mailboxes, Emails
    5.  Georgetown Box
    6.  Blackboard
    7.  Departmental Calendar
  4. FACULTY AND THEIR ROLES
  5. GRADUATE PROGRAM
    1. Coursework and Program of Study for M.A. and Ph.D. students
    2. Additional Degree Requirements
      1. M.A. Degree
        1. M.A. Colloquium
      2. Ph.D. Degree
        1. Dissertation
        2. Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
        3. Second Foreign Language Requirement
    3. Transfer of Credits
    4. Current Courses 
    5. TA Development
    6. Admission & Financial Aid
    7. Conference Support
    8. Summer Support 
    9. Study Abroad

 

II. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

  1.  Graduate Bulletin and Policies
  2.  Registration and Academic Calendar
  3.  Academic Integrity / Academic Misconduct Issues
  4.  Leave of Absence
  5.  Grade Appeals
  6.  Incompletes
  7.  Language Study Scholarships / Policies
  8.  International Issues (Office of Global Services)
  9.  Graduate School Contacts / Resources
  10.  Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
  11.  Graduate Student Ombuds
  12.  Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy Statements
  13.  Student Health Services
  14.  Financial Aid for Graduate Students
    1. Need-Based Aid: Office of Student Financial Services
    2. Merit-Based Aid: Graduate School Dean’s Office

I. German Studies graduate program

This handbook provides practical information on the policies, procedures, and resources related to the Graduate program in the Department of German.  The Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in German Studies. With the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the Department also offers the joint MAGES/PhD in German.

1. CHAIR’S WELCOME NOTE 

Dear student:

We are delighted that you have chosen the German Department at Georgetown University to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. degree in German Studies!

Graduate study brings with it great opportunities and challenges that require informed decisions. We have drafted this Handbook to assist you with many of these decisions by providing essential information on policies and resources available to you. The Handbook contains information specific to your degree program in the German Department (part I) and information on general policies of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (part II). The online version includes hyperlinks to the Graduate School and other pertinent websites. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the information provided in the Handbook and contact your advisor or me with questions about any aspect of our graduate program.

We are a mid-sized Department of faculty and students with a long-standing tradition of collaboration on research projects, including curricular issues, often resulting in joint publications. As chair and director of graduate studies, I want to encourage you to make use of these opportunities and get fully involved in our departmental life beginning with your first semester at Georgetown! This involvement includes participation in committees, workshops, lectures, and symposia at Georgetown and beyond (e.g., at the local Goethe Institut), as well as in graduate student initiatives (e.g., ranging from brown bag lunches with visiting scholars to organizing graduate student conferences). In short, try to benefit from your time at Georgetown not only in the classroom but also beyond!

Our graduate program is ideally positioned to respond to the challenges in the profession and to the changing role of the humanities. Many program features already reflect the recommendations of the recent MLA report on Doctoral Study, illustrating the forward-looking character of the Graduate Program in German (examples include the central role of teacher education and year-round financial support). Results of a recent graduate alumni survey confirm that the graduate program prepares our alumni well for a range of career paths in academia and other professional contexts.

On behalf of the entire German Department faculty, I wish you a successful and rewarding time at Georgetown.

Friederike Eigler, Professor of German & Chair

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2. DEPARTMENTAL WEB SITE

The department’s web site is your primary resource for information about the Department of German.  It contains announcements, academic guidelines, course offerings, and administrative policies and procedures. The website is located at: http://german.georgetown.edu/

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3. GENERAL INFORMATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

1. Checklist for New Students

This section provides useful information for graduate students in the German M.A. or Ph.D. program at Georgetown University, and it can also be a helpful resource for exchange students. (Additional important information for exchange students is available at: http://globalservices.georgetown.edu/)

Before their arrival at Georgetown, new graduate students and exchange students should read this section carefully and submit necessary documents.

Immunization Records

All students regardless of age are screened for tuberculosis by completing the risk assessment questionnaire form. All students under the age of 26 at Georgetown University are required to submit proof of immunizations as required by the District of Columbia. The deadline for submission for new and incoming students entering in the fall semester is July 1 (for the spring semester it is January 1).  For additional information, please go to the Immunizations website, located at: http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/medical-care/services/immunization

Health Insurance

According to registration criteria, Georgetown University requires most students to have health insurance. Most full-time students in a degree-seeking program are required to have adequate health insurance. A charge for the Premier Plan appears on students’ accounts when their course registration meets the eligibility criteria. If graduate students are granted a graduate stipend, Georgetown University will also cover the cost for the Premier Plan. Students who want this coverage need to accept it online. Enrollment in the Premier Plan can be waived if a student has other adequate coverage. More information about Student Health Insurance can be found at: http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/insurance

Stipends, Income and Taxes

Graduate School Tuition Scholarships and Assistantships, along with federal Work-Study paychecks, are considered earned income and therefore subject to federal, state and local tax withholdings. Students employed under the Federal Work-Study program at Georgetown will receive a W-2 form documenting all earnings at Georgetown and are required to report those earnings as income on federal, state and local tax returns. All recipients of assistantship stipends, who have not been employed previously by Georgetown University during the current calendar year or who have been terminated, must complete Form I-9. For more detailed information about tax documentation please go to “II. Georgetown University, 15.2 Merit-based Aid” in this handbook and use the provided links.

Housing

Georgetown University does not offer graduate student housing, which means that graduate students are fully responsible for their student living.  The Department of German advises its new graduate students to start searching for housing a few months prior to the beginning of their first semester at Georgetown. For off-campus housing inquiries, graduate students should call or write to the university’s office of Neighborhood Life (202-687-5138; neighborhoodlife@georgetown.edu), use ApartmentListcraigslist or PadMapper for their apartment hunt, or contact one of the graduate students in the Department of German. Desirable housing locations are close to public bus stops, to GUTS bus stops (university operated busses that are free for Georgetown students, see: http://otm.georgetown.edu/guts/), to metro stations (Georgetown does not have a metro station but can be accessed by busses that leave from various metro stations), and to the Capital bikeshares (https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/). Suggested neighborhoods are as follows:

North Arlington, Virginia: Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon

Washington, D.C.: Georgetown, Capitol Hill, DuPont Circle, Glover Park

It is recommended that exchange students also consult the document “Aktualisierte Tipps für Austauschstudenten” located in Box (All Files > All Department > Graduate > Grad Student Exchange).

2. Advising

The Department is committed to providing individual advising and mentoring to all of its graduate students. While all professors participate in this process, students are encouraged to stay in close contact with their advisor throughout the degree program and to discuss their academic interests and questions related to the profession with their advisor.

Incoming graduate students are typically advised by the departmental chair who also serves as Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).  At the beginning of the first semester, new graduate students meet with the DGS to discuss course selection and registration.  Beyond the first semester, the student’s advisor approves course selection during pre-registration, and signs required paperwork. It is recommended that graduate students who are further along in the program select a faculty member as advisor whose research interests correspond with their own. (Note for Ph.D. students: The advisor is not necessarily identical with the dissertation mentor. If students’ research interests change over the course of their studies, they are encouraged to find a new mentor.) 

3. The Parlor and Faculty Offices

The Parlor is the office space for all graduate students.  The Parlor provides a space to work, study, grade, and relax.  Upon their arrival, new graduate students will receive a key for the Parlor. Graduate students who are teaching do not hold their office hours in the Parlor, but rather use one of the faculty members’ offices. Graduate students will be assigned to a faculty office and coordinate their office hours with the respective faculty member.

4. Mailboxes, Emails

The Department of German assigns graduate students their own mailboxes.  These mailboxes are mainly used for departmental and university related communication. Students are discouraged from using the Department’s address as their personal mailing address. Every student will receive her/his own NetID and can access her/his Georgetown email account at http://apps.georgetown.edu/

5. Georgetown Box

The Department of German uses the university’s online platform, Georgetown Box, to store, upload and manage curricular and administrative documents.  Graduate students who are teaching and/or preparing to teach in the Department of German download and use existing teaching materials available in Box. Before uploading new teaching material onto Box, graduate students need the approval from the Director of Curriculum. Georgetown Box is located at: https://box.georgetown.edu/

6. Blackboard

Blackboard is the university’s online platform that lists all courses offered at Georgetown.  Graduate students use Blackboard in two distinct ways: As students, they can access course materials and post their responses online when asked to participate in course blog or online class discussions.  As instructors, they upload and make available class materials to their students. They can also use Blackboard to communicate with their students and post discussion board questions. Blackboard is located at: https://campus.georgetown.edu

7. Departmental Calendar

Events, talks, and meetings relevant to or organized by the Department of German can be found on the Departmental Calendar.  The calendar changes every semester and the most recent version is available in Box (All Files > All Department)

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4. FACULTY AND THEIR ROLES

Professor

Department Chair 

Director of Graduate Studies 

Director of Undergraduate Studies 

Friederike Eigler

eiglerf@georgetown.edu

Literature and Culture from 1900 to the present w. special focus on post-1945 literature, memory studies, autofiction, space and narrative, gender studies

Assistant Professor of Teaching

Anja Banchoff

abb32@georgetown.edu

FL pedagogy; business culture

Assistant Professor

(On leave Fall 2017)

D. Joseph Cunningham

djc104@georgetown.edu

Second language acquisition, interlanguage pragmatic development, technology-mediated language pedagogy, foreign language curriculum design, teacher education

Associate Professor

Mary Helen Dupree

mhd33@georgetown.edu

18th and early 19th century literature and culture, performance studies, sound and media, gender studies, feminist literary history

Professor

G. Ronald Murphy

murphyg@georgetown.edu

Early Medieval period, Romanticism, Classicism, early 20th century literature, religion and literature

Professor

Director of European Studies Certificate Program

Peter C. Pfeiffer

peter.pfeiffer@georgetown.edu

19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature, literary history, literary representations of social change 

Associate Professor

Director of Curriculum

Marianna Pankova

ryshinam@georgetown.edu

Foreign language curriculum design, second language acquisition, advanced foreign language learning, second language writing, discourse analysis

Professor (joint position with the Center for German and European Studies)

Katrin Sieg

ks253@georgetown.edu

 

Cultural theory, queer and feminist theory, theater and performance, post-1945 German culture

 

Professor of Teaching

 

Astrid Weigert

astrid.weigert@georgetown.edu

18th and 19th century literature, gender and genre, business culture

George M. Roth Distinguished Professor, emerita

Heidi Byrnes

byrnesh@georgetown.edu

Applied linguistics, second language acquisition and pedagogy, advanced second language literacy, curriculum development

Associate Professor, emeritus

Stefan R. Fink

Second language acquisition and teaching, semantics, Hörspiele

Professor, emeritus

Kurt R. Jankowsky

Germanic linguistics, specifically the numerous dimensions of the history of language, semantic theory

Associate Professor, emeritus

Alfred Obernberger

Area studies (Landeskunde); dialectology

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5. GRADUATE PROGRAM

1.Coursework and Program of Study for M.A. and Ph.D. students

This document provides a chronological overview of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in German at Georgetown, including coursework, teaching opportunities, and specific requirements and recommendations. It lays out the program of study for a “typical” M.A./Ph.D. student, i.e., a student entering the M.A./Ph.D. program in the fall semester of a given academic year with a B.A. degree and no prior teaching experience. For students entering the Ph.D. program with a M.A. degree the program of study will be adjusted accordingly.

Please note: Different requirements apply to German majors enrolled in the five-year B.A./M.A. program (for further information, please visit: https://bulletin.georgetown.edu/page/1242705877420.html#AcceleratedDegreeand to students in the joint MAGES/German Ph.D. program (for further information, please visit: https://cges.georgetown.edu/academics/dual/german).

Students advance through the graduate program in close consultation with their advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), and the Director of Curriculum.

The graduate program fosters students’ critical thinking, intellectual engagement (with a range of competing ideas, concepts, and approaches), and comprehensive knowledge either in the area of literary and cultural studies or in German second language teaching and learning (G/SLA). The Department defines “comprehensive knowledge” as the ability to make connections between texts and ideas across historical periods and theoretical approaches at a high conceptual level.

M.A. students usually take a total of 12 courses over a period of four semesters. Ph.D. students take 17 courses in six semesters including a minimum of two courses in G/SLA or Applied Linguistics. Beyond the required coursework, this document includes a number of recommendations that are meant to foster students’ intellectual and professional development as researchers and teachers.

Student performance will be assessed in the annual graduate review letters from the chair, based on written input from all faculty and discussion of students’ performance at the first faculty meeting of the calendar year. Continuation in the graduate program is contingent upon academic progress and faculty recommendation. 

At the end of their course work, students in the M.A. program take the M.A. colloquium in German to demonstrate their ability to draw meaningful connections between topics, texts, and historical periods. Ph.D. students take the Ph.D. qualifying examination which consists of a written and oral component (see “Degree Requirements” for further information). Both parts of the exam are designed to assess comprehensive knowledge and intellectual engagement as defined above. Students are expected to demonstrate their qualifications as generalists and as specialists in a given research area. Preparation for and successful completion of the exam will also assist them in identifying a dissertation topic. Particular emphasis is placed on an examinee’s preparedness to perform independent research. Students who have successfully completed the exam advance to Ph.D. candidacy.

In addition to these departmental rules and guidelines, all rules of the Graduate School regarding completion of the Ph.D. degree apply (Requirements for Degrees).

Fall/Semester 1:

  • M.A. & Ph.D. students: Regular course load of nine credits: three graduate level courses, one of which is “Foreign Language Teaching and Literacy.” (Joint MAGES/Ph.D. students usually take this course in their second year).

Spring/Semester 2:

  • Course load
    • M.A. students: 2nd semester until 4th semester: regular course load of nine credits
    • Ph.D. students: 2nd semester and subsequent three semesters: regular course load of nine credits
  • Extensive observation at Levels I – III or paired teaching with experienced instructor
  • Recommendation for Ph.D. students: enrollment in a 2nd foreign language course

1st Summer:

  • Summer support via TA- or RA-ships or approved internships in the D.C. area; occasional opportunity for spending the summer semester in Dresden or Trier (upon recommendation by DGS and advisor)
  • Extensive reading: Begin compilation of Reading List for M.A. oral colloquium at the end of the 4th semester or oral Ph.D. exam at the end of the 6th semester (see “Degree Requirements” for further information).
  • Recommendation for Ph.D. students: individually tailored annotated bibliography as a helpful research tool

Fall/Semester 3:

  • 3rd semester and subsequent semesters: Teaching with class visits and feedback by Director of Curriculum and other faculty

Spring/ Semester 4:

  • Recommendation for Ph.D. students: enrollment in a 2nd foreign language course
  • M.A. degree candidates: course-based oral colloquium in German (for more information, see 5.2.1: M.A. Degree requirements)

2nd Summer:

  • Summer support via TA- or RA-ships or approved internships in the D.C. area; occasional opportunity for spending the summer semester studying in Dresden or teaching for the Georgetown Summer School in Trier (upon recommendation by chair and advisor)
  • Initial Statement of Teaching Philosophy in consultation with the Curriculum Coordinator
  • Extensive reading: continued work on reading list and annotated bibliography
  • Recommendation: revision of a course-based research paper and submission to a journal and/or conference

Fall/Semester 5:

  • Extended class observations of  “Text in Context” or “Issues and Trends” are required for students interested in teaching a Level IV course; other options may include RA-ship with Curriculum Coordinator

Spring/Semester 6:

  • Last semester of course work for Ph.D. students: Enrollment in two courses and pre-thesis research (to maintain full-time status)
  • In consultation with their advisor, Ph.D. students choose their exam committee that usually consists of two additional faculty members.
  • Due after Spring break to all committee members: 1. final version of Ph.D. Reading List; 2. Statement of Intellectual Development (SID), including three or four broad themes (determined in consultation with the committee) that will guide the oral examination.
  • Preparation for the oral Ph.D. exam
  • Preparation of an abstract for the written part of the exam (Literature Review), due on the last day of classes
  • After end of classes: Oral Ph.D. exam, including feedback on abstract for written exam (total length: two hours).

3rd Summer:

  • Summer support via TA- or RA-ships
  • After successful completion of the oral exam and approval of the abstract, students spend approx. six weeks on the Literature Review.

Fall/Semester 7:

Public Presentation and Discussion of Literature Review

Once a student has passed the Ph.D. exam, a departmental presentation on the Literature Review is scheduled (open to all faculty and graduate students). The feedback at this event informs the student’s dissertation project and proposal.

Submission of dissertation proposal to the Graduate School.
Recommendation: application for research grants or dissertation fellowships (deadlines for DAAD/Fulbright are usually in the early fall) and/or for conference participation. 

 

Period between submission of dissertation proposal and completion of dissertation:

  • Contingent upon satisfactory progress, students receive support for three additional semesters (including the summer months).
  • It is recommended that students apply for a DAAD or Fulbright dissertation fellowship to conduct research in a German speaking country (most deadlines are in the early fall).
  • Students who have the requisite background in teaching upper level courses are encouraged to submit a proposal for a Level IV or V course. An important part of the job market portfolio, the syllabus demonstrates the student’s ability to translate research interests into a viable course. In accordance with the department’s goals, the syllabus should clearly spell out the integration of language and content. (Actual teaching assignments at this level depend on the Department’s curricular needs.)
  • Students are encouraged to submit a revised version of a research paper to an academic journal.

 

 

Upon completion of dissertation:

Dissertation Defense

  • 20-minute presentation of dissertation research and results followed by comments and questions from dissertation committee and the public (total length: two hours).
2. Additional Degree Requirements

1. M.A. Degree

M.A. Colloquium

At the end of their course work (usually in early May), students who complete their studies with the M.A. take an oral colloquium in German to demonstrate their ability to draw meaningful connections between topics, texts, and historical periods. This course-based colloquium is administered by two professors of the student’s choice (length: one hour). Prior to the colloquium, students submit a Statement of Intellectual Development (SID), a list of all courses taken during their time at Georgetown, and a list of materials studied in these courses. In the SID (three - four pages), students reflect on how their interests have evolved during their time in the graduate program; these reflections will provide the point of departure for the colloquium. 

2. Ph.D. Degree

The following sections provide detailed information about specific requirements for Ph.D. students beyond coursework regarding the second foreign language exam, the qualifying examination, and dissertation writing.

Second Foreign Language Requirement

As part of the Ph.D. program in the German Department, students complete a second foreign language requirement. It is fulfilled by completing two classes in a foreign language with a minimum grade of B, irrespective of instructional level, during their studies at Georgetown and prior to taking the Ph.D. qualifying examination. (Students in the joint MAGES/Ph.D. program fulfill the requirement by completing the MAGES 2nd FL requirement.) Classes have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and tuition scholarships have to be requested according to the rules of the Graduate School. This requirement reflects a number of intellectual and experiential goals that align with the graduate program’s academic and educational profile. Among these are the values of

  • enhancing one’s language abilities so that they can be used to advance research and professional communication;
  • experiencing language learning and language teaching with a higher level of awareness regarding the teaching and learning of a foreign language in a classroom setting;
  • projecting qualities of an educated person in the humanistic tradition who is able to move about in the global multilingual and multicultural environment of research and researchers.

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination

At the end of their course work, students will take the Ph.D. qualifying exam that consists of an oral and written component. (The student's advisor will coordinate all logistical aspects of the exam.) Both parts of the exam are designed to assess comprehensive knowledge and intellectual engagement as defined above. Particular emphasis is placed on an examinee’s preparedness to perform independent research. Students are expected to demonstrate their qualifications as generalists and as specialists in a given research area. Successful completion of the examination will assist them in identifying a dissertation topic. Students who have successfully completed the exam present the results of the written exam (i.e., the literature review) at a public event and advance to Ph.D. candidacy.

 

Oral Part of the Ph.D. Examination

Required Documents Prior to the Oral Exam:

At the end of spring break (or at least one month prior to the Oral Exam) students submit two documents: the final versions of a Course-Based Reading List consisting of all primary and major theoretical sources covered in the student’s coursework; and a Statement of Intellectual Development (SID) of approximately five to six pages. There is no prescribed format for the SID but it includes both reflections on how the student’s academic interests have evolved during the time at Georgetown and on what kind of issues the student plans to pursue in the future. As part of the SID and in consultation with the committee, the student identifies three or four broad themes that will guide the oral Ph.D. exam. 

The Course-Based Oral Exam

Immediately following completion of coursework, students take a course-based oral exam (in either English or German) based on their Reading List. Students are expected to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge by making connections between texts and ideas across historical periods and theoretical approaches at a high conceptual level. The oral exam is guided by three or four broad themes the student identified in the SID. The exam also includes a brief discussion of the student’s abstract for the written part of the Ph.D. Examination (see below). Total exam time is two hours. 

(For some students whose research focus is SLA, the committee for the written exam may be different from the course-based oral exam. In those cases, feedback to and approval of the abstract for the written part of the exam will not take place during the oral exam but at a separate meeting to be convened by the student's advisor.)

Retake

A student who does not pass the oral exam receives written feedback from the exam committee and is granted one retake. It will take place within two weeks of the original exam date. 

Written Part of the Ph.D. Examination: Literature Review/Forschungsbericht

Document Required Prior to the Literature Review

At the end of the final semester of coursework and prior to the Oral Ph.D. examination, students submit an abstract that describes the area of scholarship they intend to review and the rationale for selecting it. The research question(s) need not be explicitly formulated, but the overall topic should be clear. The student’s exam committee members will review the abstract and it will become the focus of a 10-15 minute discussion during the oral examination. Upon approval, students spend part of the summer (approximately six weeks) writing the literature review so that it is ready for submission no later than the first day of classes in the fall. Students who complete their coursework in the fall semester write the literature review during the first six weeks of the spring semester.

The Literature Review/Forschungsbericht

Before embarking on the writing of a dissertation, any researcher in German literature, culture, or G/SLA must be able to survey the existing literature on the topic of her/his choice, indicate and evaluate a range of views and approaches to that topic, and identify gaps or disagreements in the literature that merit further research. The literature review goes beyond summarizing existing research and analyzes, synthesizes, and historicizes distinct views, methodologies, and schools of thought. The literature review surveys and assesses theory and criticism. In the case of G/SLA, the literature review surveys previous empirical research and clearly indicates major findings and their implications for our understanding of language learning and teaching.

Writing a literature review will help students construct a research question or problem and will enable them to begin to specify an appropriate critical/methodological approach for the selected topic. It should therefore culminate in the articulation of a genuine puzzle or substantive research question(s). Particularly in the case of G/SLA, research questions should be stated in a way that allows them to be investigated through empirical research.

For the literature review, students select a topic in German literature, culture or G/SLA. The review should be 20–25 pages in length, excluding bibliography or references. Students writing an SLA-themed literature review are likely to draw on empirical research of language acquisition other than German (e.g., English); however, such research must be directly relevant to the research topic, which is focused on a phenomenon in German.

The topic and sources encompass a body of research that is sufficiently large so as to make it possible to discern distinct theoretical/critical/historical/aesthetic/methodological trends. In particular, the literature review:

  • includes books as well as articles;
  • incorporates different points of view in German literature, culture, or G/SLA; understood as interdisciplinary fields. The topic may require reading in adjoining fields. If such sources are included the review should address questions of disciplinarity and how a field’s dominant methodology shapes researchers’ approaches to the topic.
  • uncovers important changes in perspective over time. The discussion of the selected topic should seek to uncover important changes in scholarly approaches and should include German intellectual discourses and critical traditions. For G/SLA, the historical scope of the topic may not extend beyond a few decades. It is nonetheless possible to identify distinct theoretical and empirical trends in research, and a discussion of such developments and their causes is necessary.

The literature review demonstrates why the topic is important, why approaches have changed over time and/or why critical/field affiliations have resulted in different foci and findings. Most important, it identifies what questions or problems now merit the kind of research that is proposed.

Retake

A student who does not pass the written part of the Ph.D. exams receives written feedback from the exam committee and is granted one retake. The retake consists of three additional weeks devoted to revisions of the student’s Literature Review following the feedback of the exam committee.

Public Presentation of the Literature Review

Once a student has passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam, a presentation on the Literature Review is scheduled (open to all faculty and graduate students). The feedback at this event informs the student’s dissertation proposal.

Dissertation

Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation Format

The Dissertation proposal (see the Graduate School form), approved by the dissertation committee, should be submitted to the Graduate School during the same semester in which the student presents the literature review.

The Department accepts two dissertation formats:  a. the monograph form; b. a series of five related projects and a reflective essay. Both formats demonstrate the student’s ability to perform independent and original scholarship. The second format (five related projects) requires particularly close consultation with the advisor and the dissertation committee.

Dissertation Defense

Upon successful completion of the dissertation, a two-hour dissertation defense is scheduled.  The defense consists of the student’s presentation of dissertation research and results (approx. 20 minutes), followed by comments and questions from the dissertation committee and the public. Once the requested revisions are completed and approved by the advisor the dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School.

3. Transfer of Credits

Students entering the Ph.D. program with a M.A. degree from another institution may request transfer of credits. Requests for transfer of credits are decided by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student’s advisor.

4. Current Courses

For detailed information about course offerings please visit: http://german.georgetown.edu/graduate/courseofferings

5. TA Development

The German Department offers graduate students exceptional opportunities to develop their teaching abilities in its exemplary, nationally recognized curriculum, Developing Multiple Literacies. The curriculum carefully integrates language and content instruction in unique ways. Our TA development program enables students to teach on all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, including the most advanced undergraduate courses. Graduate students also participate regularly in collaborative projects to develop instructional materials and curricular revisions where they translate their knowledge of second language acquisition research into the programmatic realities of curriculum construction and pedagogy.  The Department's content-based curriculum inherently presents a particular focus for TAs. Overall, the TA program has the comprehensive aim of training classroom teachers to be independent and reflective decision makers and views learners as autonomous participants. For more information please visit: http://german.georgetown.edu/graduate/tadevelopment

6. Admission & Financial Aid

Admission

Applications include a statement of purpose, academic writing samples in English and German, GRE scores (for students holding a college degree from the U.S. or another English-speaking country), and TOEFL results (for non-native speakers who hold no college degree from the U.S. or another English-speaking country).

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Deadline for the fall semester:

Jan 15: all M.A. and Ph.D. applicants

April 15: non-fellowship applicants

Deadline for the spring semester: November 1

The department awards competitive fellowships, tuition scholarships, and teaching and research assistantships. For up-to-date information about applications and admissions or to download an application form, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Financial Aid

The German Department provides generous year-round support, making the completion of the Ph.D. program in five years (for incoming B.A. students) financially and academically feasible. Full financial support is guaranteed for this period for students in good academic standing. Students pursuing a terminal Master’s degree are also eligible for financial support.

Financial Support for Ph.D. students includes:

  • Full tuition coverage and a competitive annual stipend for the academic year*
  • Summer support granted for teaching, research, internships, or study abroad (see below)
  • Optional coverage of the health insurance made available through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Reimbursement for all required course materials
  • Support for approved conference participation, travel and study abroad

 *Depending on the stage of their graduate careers, graduate students receive annual stipends in the form of (1) Research Assistantships, (2) Teaching Assistantships or (3) Dissertation Fellowships.

7. Conference Travel Support

Departmental Policy

Note: Students are expected to plan ahead and comply with the Graduate School’s deadlines for funding requests.

1. Prior to submitting an abstract for a conference, please discuss your plans with your advisor and/or DGS. It is important that your conference visit/presentation makes sense academically and in terms of timing (e.g. conference presentations are usually most beneficial when you are further along in your studies). With sufficient lead-time all professors are happy to provide feedback on your topic or abstract.

2. Submit a brief letter of recommendation from a faculty member (e.g. advisor or professor familiar with your project) and your estimated expense budget to the Director of Graduate Studies. [Estimated budget includes registration fee, hotel costs (please share rooms whenever possible); travel expenses; meals: $40 per full conference day.]

3. The DGS will send a “Department funding statement” to the Graduate school at which time you should submit your application materials to the Graduate school as well.

4. In case the Graduate school does not provide sufficient funding, the German Department will make every effort to cover the balance.

Graduate School Policy

The Graduate School is pleased to support the professional development of graduate students by providing Conference Travel Grants to both master's and doctoral students on the Main Campus and the Medical Center.

The Graduate School also invites nominations for Dissertation Research Travel awards for up to $5,000 each. These competitive awards support the travel costs of students enrolled in doctoral degrees as well as students engaged in archival or field research outside the United States. Details for both travel grant programs are available at: https://grad.georgetown.edu/financial-support/dissert-research-travel-grants

8. Summer Support

Summer months are integrated into the course of study.  Graduate students are eligible to receive summer support by taking on teaching responsibilities (Georgetown summer school; or Trier program), RA responsibilities, or approved internships in the DC area. As part of the Department’s graduate exchange programs with the Technische Universität Dresden and the Universität Trier, students may also request support to spend the summer semester in Trier or Dresden.

Summer support is provided with the understanding that students spend the summer months, in addition to the above responsibilities, on deepening their learning experience and on developing their research interests. This engagement can take different forms, including:

  • reading additional materials
  • taking courses in a 2nd foreign language
  • taking courses in Germanistik at Trier or Dresden
  • revising a paper for publication
  • preparing for exams
  • working on the dissertation
9. Study Abroad

Prior to reaching the dissertation-writing stage, students may request to spend the summer semester at the university of Trier or Dresden. The department has longstanding and well-established exchange programs with the TU Dresden and Universität Trier and provides full financial support.

Students who have completed their coursework are encouraged to apply for DAAD or Fulbright dissertation fellowships or short-term research grants to conduct research in a German speaking country (most deadlines are in September/October). Faculty provides feedback and support in the application process.  For more detailed information, please visit: http://german.georgetown.edu/graduate/studyabroad

Some graduate students and faculty, December 2014

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II. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

1. Graduate Bulletin and Policies

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences establishes minimum requirements for admission and the award of degrees. Students should familiarize themselves with all the rules, regulations, and procedures relevant to their pursuit of a Graduate School degree.  The link to the current version of the Graduate Bulletin can be found at:  http://grad.georgetown.edu/academics/policies/ 

2. Registration and Academic Calendar

Important policies and procedures pertaining to graduate student registration are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section II: Registration.  Procedures and links for graduate student registration are located at:  http://grad.georgetown.edu/academics/registration/

In addition, all graduate students must be aware of the registration schedule, withdrawal deadlines, academic calendar, course schedules, and other important academic information published each semester by the University Registrar.  The Registrar’s website (and academic calendar) can be found at:  http://registrar.georgetown.edu/

3. Academic Integrity/Academic Misconduct Issues

The policies and procedures for Academic Integrity issues are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section VI: Academic Integrity: Policies and Procedures (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page at: http://grad.georgetown.edu/academics/policies/)

4. Leave of Absence

During the course of a graduate student’s time at Georgetown, it may be necessary to take a leave of absence for personal or medical reasons.  The policies and procedures for this are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section VII: Graduate Student Leave Policies (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page at: http://grad.georgetown.edu/academics/policies/)

5. Grade Appeals

If a graduate student feels that there is reason to appeal an official grade, the policies and procedures for this are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section III-A-5: Academic Regulations and Procedures/The Grading System/Appeals Contesting Grades  (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page at: http://grad.georgetown.edu/academics/policies/)

6. Incompletes

A grade of Incomplete (I) denotes that the student has not satisfactorily completed all course requirements or met stated learning objectives, but the student has made arrangements with the faculty to meet course requirements by an agreed date. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the faculty member before the course ends to arrange make-up work. All incomplete coursework must be finished within six months of the last day of that course. If the required course work is not completed within the requisite time, the grade of (I) will become the grade of record.

7. Language Study Scholarships/Policies

There are specific policies and procedures that cover graduate student enrollment in language classes.  The policies and procedures for this are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section II-E-4  Registration/The Registration Process/Language Study Scholarships  (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page at: http://grad.georgetown.edu/academics/policies/).

8. International Issues  (Office of Global Services)

Issues of special relevance to international graduate students are handled by Georgetown University’s Office of Global Services (OGS).  These include visa and immigration issues; work visas; full-time/part-time study issues; emergency situations; and other topics.  For more information, please see their website, located at http://globalservices.georgetown.edu/.  The OGS is located in the Car Barn building at 3520 Prospect Street, N.W. (near 35th and Prospect Street) in Suite #210.

9. Graduate School Contacts/Resources

GRADUATE SCHOOL DEANS & OFFICES and contact information can be found at:  http://grad.georgetown.edu/about/leadership-staff/

The GRADUATE STUDENT LOUNGE is located at 3520 Prospect Street, on the roof pavilion (4th Floor) of the Car Barn.  It provides a quiet space exclusively for graduate students to study. The Graduate Student Lounge is wifi-enabled, has comfortable seating and study desks, and is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or as posted.

10. Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

The GSO is the governing body for graduate students and also serves as an advisory board for student organizations composed primarily of graduate students. To help unite graduate students across the Georgetown campus, GSO hosts academic, networking, cultural and social events and also allocates funding to member organizations for events and programming. More information about the GSO can be found at:  https://hoyalink.georgetown.edu/organization/gso/

 

 11. Graduate Student Ombuds

THE GRADUATE STUDENT OMBUDS OFFICE provides an informal, impartial, neutral, and confidential environment where graduate students can discuss University-related concerns and disputes. The Ombuds office does not advocate for any individual point of view, and does not participate in any formal grievance process, but works to promote a fair process for all. The function of the Graduate Student Ombuds Officer is to listen thoughtfully and sympathetically to the concerns of graduate students and to assist them in identifying options for addressing their concerns.  The Graduate Student Ombuds website is located at:  http://grad.georgetown.edu/academics/grad-ombuds/  Graduate students can contact the Graduate Student Ombuds at:  gradombuds@georgetown.edu 

12. Sexual Misconduct and  Harassment Policy Statements

The University’s website addressing sexual misconduct is available at: http://sexualassault.georgetown.edu/

The University Sexual Misconduct Policy Statement can be viewed/downloaded at: http://georgetown.app.box.com/s/fem8xwhcozsn38awxqur

The University Harassment Policy Statement can be viewed/downloaded at: https://georgetown.box.com/s/cfbogdg0q1jm4yu62yjc

Other University policies pertaining to diversity, equity, and affirmative action can be found at: http://ideaa.georgetown.edu/policies

Other general University policies can be found at: http://policies.georgetown.edu/

 

 13. Student Health Services

Student Health Services provide psychological and medical care to Georgetown students, helping them to stay healthy as well as focused mentally and physically. 

Counseling and Mental Health (CAPS)

The University offers its own Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) that serve the mental care needs of students and the campus community.  Many students go to CAPS when they experience life events or academic pressures that leave them feeling anxious, confused, lonely, angry, depressed or overwhelmed.  CAPS is located at the back of Darnall Hall and operates during the following business hours: M-F: 9:00am – 5:00pm. CAPS phone numbers are: 202-687-6985 (during business hours); 202-444-PAGE (7243) (After-hours emergencies, ask to speak to on-call clinician). The CAPS website is located at: http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/mental-health

Medical Care and Student Health Center

The Student Health Center (SHC) provides medical care and is a service provided by the Georgetown University Hospital at Georgetown University. Students can make appointments for common health issues either by phone: 202-687-2200 or online via “My Medstar Connect” (http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/medical-care/appointments#my-medstar). The Health Center’s website is located at: http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/medical-care/services

14. Financial Aid for Graduate Students

1. Need-Based Aid: Office of Student Financial Services

The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) provides counseling services to prospective and current students and their families about:

  • Options available for financing higher education costs
  • Eligibility for assistance
  • Applying for and obtaining funding
  • Budgeting expenses and paying bills

For both undergraduate and graduate students, the OSFS determines eligibility for assistance from federal, state and private financial aid programs based on the rules and regulations established by those external agencies. http://finaid.georgetown.edu/contact-us/

 

2. Merit-Based Aid: Graduate School Dean’s Office

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers merit-based awards on a competitive basis to some programs for incoming and continuing students. The primary purpose of this financial assistance is to support qualified graduate students in the pursuit of their academic careers and the timely completion of their Graduate School degrees.

Information about the types of merit-based aid available to graduate students is available at: http://grad.georgetown.edu/financial-support/merit-based-financial-aid/

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