Requirements

Additional information can be found on the academic catalog website.

German Major Requirements

Students are encouraged to declare their intent to major or minor in German in their sophomore year and to make an advising appointment with the director of undergraduate studies to discuss their academic plans, including options for a study abroad semester or year. Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours in German beyond AS.210.262 Intermediate German II, and should receive no more than six credits for courses in translation.

  • AS.210.361 Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking World
  • AS.210.362 Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking World
  • 12 credits in German literature, culture, and thought (course number prefix 213)
  • 9 credits of additional German courses

German Minor

To minor in German, students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in German beyond Elementary German (210.161-162) and Intermediate German (210.261-262).

  • AS.210.361 Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking World
  • AS.210.362 Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking World
  • 3 credits in German literature, culture, and thought (course number prefix 213)
  • 9 credits of additional German courses

International Studies and German Double Major: Germany in a Globalized World

Germany in a Globalized World is offered in collaboration with the Program in International Studies. It allows International studies majors to concentrate in German language, literature, and culture with a special emphasis on (trans)cultural analysis and critical thought. Students who declare either the track or the focus area will receive a double major in international studies and German, or a major in international studies and a minor in German.

German Honors Program

The German program offers an Honors program for highly qualified undergraduates. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to qualify for the program. In addition, they must have a faculty sponsor who advises the thesis as well as a second reader. The second reader can come from outside the German program.

Students interested in the Honors Program should meet with a faculty member in the German program no later than the spring semester of their junior year to outline a research project to be conducted the following year. By April 1 of their junior year, they should submit to the Director of Undergraduate Studies an honors thesis title and a one-page proposal to review. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will then notify students if they have been accepted for the honors program. In the fall semester of their senior year, students will work closely with their faculty sponsor and the second reader familiarizing themselves with their topic and the secondary literature available on it. At the end of the fall semester, honors students will submit a complete bibliography and a 4-5 page summary of the progress of their research. In the spring semester, they will then write their honors thesis, which should be 25-30 pages in length. In both the fall and spring semester of their senior year, students will sign up for a two-credit independent study with their principal advisor. Honors theses should be submitted no later than the week following the spring break. A student earning a B+ or better on the thesis will graduate with honors in German.​​

German BA/MA Program

Highly qualified students have the option to complete a combined degree in five years. To receive the BA/MA degree, the student must complete advanced courses in German literature and pass the departmental written and oral master’s examinations. Students interested in this option should make an appointment with the director of undergraduate studies no later than the spring of their junior year.