Department of Germanic Studies

Major in GSD: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Northern Europe

The Department of Germanic Studies announces a new major in German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies (GSD).

  • GSD is a new "area studies" major that focuses on the cultures and societies of Northern Europe, looking past national borders to cover regional issues in new ways.
  • GSD is transnational, flexible, wide-ranging, and interdisciplinary.
  • It brings together many of the Department's current offerings (courses formerly listed under GRC, SCA, and DCH), consolidating them into a major with excellent skills development in reading, research, and writing.
  • Lower-division language study (GER, DAN, DCH, NOR, SWE, YID) is also involved.

 Watch the new Video here:  For more information contact the department's associate academic advisor, Heather Peterson (email:

German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies: Requirements for the Major

Twenty-seven semester hours of coursework in German Scandinavian, and Dutch studies, including:

  1. German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies (GSD) 301
  2. One tools course: language for research
    1. One upper-division course in the same Germanic language used to fulfill the foreign-language requirement (usually German 328 or NOR 328; or
    2. One language course in a second modern Germanic language (usually 604 or the equivalent); or
    3. One course in an older Germanic language (Old Norse, Middle-High German, Gothic, etc.)
  3. One foundations course out of three areas: film studies, narrative/textual studies, or linguistics that stresses methodology/theory as well as content areas, chosen from an approved list
  4. Five additional German, Scandinavian, and Dutch studies courses
    1. Only one course may be lower-division
    2. Additional foundations courses may be used to fill this requirement 
    3. Upper-division German courses may be substituted for up to three of the five German, Scandinavian, and Dutch studies courses; German 328 may not be used to fulfill this requirement
    4. Other substitutions may be approved by the German, Scandinavian, and Dutch studies adviser.
  5. Capstone Research in German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies