Department of Germanic Studies

German Major Information

Major


The German major consists of 24 upper-division hours.

6 hours in language:
  • GER 328 -- Advanced German Grammar,
  • GER 331L -- Advanced Conversation and Composition: Literature; or GER 330C -- Advanced Conversation and Composition: Culture.
9 hours in literature, culture, and linguistics chosen from:
  • GER 340C -- Historical Backgrounds of German Civilization
  • GER 343C -- Contemporary German Civilization
  • GER 346L -- German Literature Between the Enlightenment and the Present
  • GER 347L -- Language and Society in the German-speaking Countries
6 hours of topic seminars chosen from:
  • GER 363K -- Topics in German Culture
  • GER 369 -- Topics on Germanic Languages
  • GER 373 -- Topics in German Literature
3 additional hours of German chosen from:
  • GER 340C -- Historical Backgrounds of German Civilization
  • GER 343C -- Contemporary German Civilization
  • GER 346L -- German Literature Between the Enlightenment and the Present
  • GER 347L -- Language and Society in the German-speaking Countries
  • GER 348D -- German Play: Student Production (offered every other year)
  • GER 363K -- Topics in German Culture
  • GER 369 -- Topics on Germanic Languages
  • GER 373 -- Topics in German Literature

NOTE: GER 149T, 249T, and 349T may not be counted toward a major in German.
The upper-division courses listed above are not generally offered in the Summer Sessions.

German majors should take GER 328 and GER 331L or 330C as their first upper division German courses. They should then move on to courses in the 340s. Students must have at least six hours of upper-division German credit before attempting a topic seminar*.
* GER 363K, GER 369, GER 373

The Required Minor for German Majors

For students under the 2010-2012, 2012-2014, or 2014-2016 academic catalogs

The minor for German majors consists of 12 hours in one other field of study, including at least 6 hours of upper division coursework and 6 hours of in-residence coursework; OR a complete foreign language sequence NOT used for the liberal arts foreign language requirement. Must include 9 hours total, 6 hours of in-residence coursework, and 3 hours upper-division coursework.

For students starting in Fall 2016 under the 2016-2018 academic catalogs

Completion of 15-21 hours of prescribed coursework in a different field of study than the major is required. A complete list of approved minors, requirements, and instructions on how to declare can be found online. Some minors are restricted and may require an application. A transcript-recognized certificate may also satisfy this requirement.

Declaring a Minor in German

PLEASE NOTE: There is no transcript-recognized minor in German

Requirements and options for minors vary widely among colleges. The Department of Germanic Studies Academic Advisor is available to discuss appropriate course choices with you, but it is best to check with the advisor in your major to clarify the exact requirements for a minor.