Texas Tech University

Languages & Cultures - German MA Program

General Description of the Program

The German Track of the Master of Arts degree in Languages and Cultures, part of the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, provides advanced training for current and prospective teachers of German in secondary school, and prepares students planning to continue in Ph.D. studies in German elsewhere. All areas of German history are covered, including the history of the language, film, literature, and cultural studies from the medieval and early modern periods to the contemporary age. The program features a diverse faculty who are at home in both traditional German scholarship and contemporary theoretical approaches. Most MA students are funded through a teaching assistantship, which allows for a substantial tuition reduction and a monthly stipend. Students who have completed the MA program have been admitted to top Ph.D. programs across the United States. Others have gone on to teach in high school, work in government administration and Foreign Service, or succeed in international business.

The Graduate Advisor

Dr. Anita McChesney


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You will need to apply to the Graduate School.

Submit the following required documents on https://texastechgrad.liaisoncas.com/:

  1. CMLL MA Program Application
  2. CMLL Teaching Assistantship Application
  3. English proficiency test scores (for a list of acceptable tests & scores go to the application procedures page here)
  4. Copies of Academic Transcripts
  5. Copy of Diploma or Certificate
  6. Certified English translations of Transcripts and Diploma or Certificate
  7. Two letters of recommendation from professors with whom you have taken courses. References may send the letters directly to Carla Burrus.
  8. A 5-10 page Academic Writing sample in German and English that illustrates your ability to discuss a topic clearly and proficiently.
  9. Statement of purpose of 500 words or less

Direct questions regarding the admissions to Carla Burrus. For program information and questions, please contact Dr. McChesney, German graduate advisor.

Program Details

The Languages and Cultures MA Program in German at Texas Tech maintains a focus on literary studies and pedagogy while integrating a large scope of cultural material and a variety of theoretical frameworks. Courses are offered both through the Languages and Cultures program (CMLL) and through the German track program (GERM). Courses are listed in the Texas Tech University Course Catalog; areas taught include History of the German Language and Medieval Literature; Early Modern and Enlightenment Literature, Weimar Classicism, German Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism, Modernism, Weimar literature and Film, Exile Literature, Postwar Literature and Culture, and Contemporary Literature, Culture, and Cinema. Students may also take courses in Literary Theory, Research Methodology, and in Teaching Methods and Pedagogy of Second Language Acquisition. We have a vibrant program that benefits from an experienced team of cross-disciplinary professors. Small seminars provide intimate contact with faculty members and the opportunity to pursue individual research. Faculty members encourage intellectual inquiry and critical thinking through several collaborative endeavors. Opportunities exist for scholarships for study abroad or for professional development at workshops and institutes in the US and abroad.

The German Program at Texas Tech offers an intensive, hand-on, practical teaching workshops for our Graduate Part-Time Instructors and Teaching Assistants, thus ensuring solid, communicative-based instruction in our undergraduate courses. We are dedicated to training all new instructors in our department with the theoretical and practical aspects of effective teaching, and we provide continual, guided supervision in their own teaching of lower-level German courses, thus ensuring a high quality of instruction and practice. All applicants to the MA are encouraged to apply for a teaching assistantship and funding, which is allocated on a competitive basis.

We encourage students to pursue their own academic interests. The graduate advisor formulates a degree plan with respect to the interests of the student and availability of the Graduate Faculty. MA students have the option of writing an MA Thesis in all historical literary periods and in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, literary theory, and cinema. We consider professional development to be an important aspect of our program, and we prepare and encourage all of our students to present papers at regional and national conferences.

Program Requirements and Options

1. Basic Framework

The program extends over two years. There are two options: 36 hours of regular coursework (9 hours per semester), or 30 hours of regular coursework plus 6 hours minimum of thesis coursework (CMLL 6000). Official details of all program requirements and options can be found in the Graduate Catalogue of Texas Tech University.

Early in a student's first semester, a Degree Plan will be compiled with the Graduate Advisor and submitted to the Graduate School, listing the courses to be taken as part of the student's program of study. This Degree Plan is subject to revision as necessary.

The ordinary pattern of graduate coursework in a Degree Plan is as follows:

Fall A LING 5312 Second Language Pedagogy
CMLL Common Course Seminar
GERM Seminar
Spring A CMLL Common Course Seminar
CMLL Common Course Seminar
GERM Seminar
Fall B CMLL 5302 Theoretical Foundations
CMLL Common Course Seminar
GERM Seminar
Spring B CMLL Common Course Seminar
GERM Seminar
GERM Seminar


  • Specific topics in graduate seminars, ordinarily specifying literary periods, genres, or theories, will be chosen with a view to the needs of current graduate students and the specialties of the faculty.
  • New students enroll in LING 5312 on the pedagogical methods required for teaching German at the college level. In the second Fall semester, a course on Literary Theory is offered; these courses are offered on a continual rotation.
  • Teaching Assistants' and Part Time Instructors' first priority will be to enroll in these courses. After these courses have achieved their minimum enrollment, flexibility will allow for students to take courses in other areas or to pursue an individual study course (CMLL 7000 Individual research).
  • Any member of the graduate faculty may direct an MA thesis. The thesis committee consists of the Director and two other members, chosen by the student in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. A student writing a thesis will enroll in a minimum of two consecutive courses of CMLL 6000 in place of the CMLL Common Course offerings.

2. The Second Language Requirement

The Graduate School requires sophomore proficiency in a second language for completion of the Languages and Cultures MA degree. German graduate students can fulfill this requirement by passing a fourth semester language course (2302) at TTU with a grade of B or better, by passing a Graduate Reading Course at TTU, or by passing a translation exam administered by a faculty member in CMLL. The student should contact the Graduate Advisor for more information about fulfilling this requirement.

3. Comprehensive Examinations

Written and oral examinations for the MA degree will take place in the final semester of a student's program of study, according to deadlines set by the Graduate School. The examination committee will be composed of three members of the graduate faculty chosen by the student in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. In the written exam, the student will be responsible for all material covered in program graduate courses for which the student received a grade, for the German MA Reading List, and for any other material agreed upon by the candidate and the committee chairperson. Upon successful completion of the written examination, an oral examination will be scheduled, which is not limited to questions posed in the written examination. For students writing an MA thesis, the oral examination will consist of a thesis defense.

Career Development & Recent Graduates

Graduates of our MA Program leave with solid training in German Literature, Culture, Film and Linguistics, skills useful to any career field. In addition, our graduate students are provided a valuable opportunity to gain experience in communicative language teaching and are provided with careful training and supervision to assure their success in the classroom. Our graduates' training and experiences make them highly competitive candidates for jobs in government, business and education or for graduate study beyond the MA level. In recent years, many of the graduates of our MA Program have received prestigious fellowships for study abroad or have continued their education in Ph.D. programs at highly-ranked universities, including:

  • University of Washington in Seattle
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of California – Davis

Resources and Links

Research Resources

  • Texas Tech Library: Your first place to look with several thousand titles in French. Check the catalog.
  • Interlibrary Loan at the Texas Tech Library: Excellent service. Will order books from any library that has them. Fast, courteous and efficient.


  • JSTOR: Excellent source of academic articles. Also on the TTU Library homepage. Search on campus without a login.
  • FirstSearch/WorldCat: Excellent resource for finding books in libraries worldwide. Also on the TTU Library homepage. Search on campus without a login. From the TTU Library website, you can order books on FirstSearch/WorldCat via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Google Books: A great source to research and preview book (and sometimes read whole books).

Other Research Resources

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