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Requirements for a Major in German Studies

Requirements for a Major in German Studies

A total of nine courses (36 credits) as follows:

  1. The German Studies major begins from the point of student’s German language course placement. No course below a student’s language course placement can be counted towards the German Studies major.
  2. Student must complete German 301, 302, and 486 (Capstone Project).
  3. Students must complete German 320 or 321.
  4. German 301 or 302 must be taken before any other 300-level course is attempted but may be taken concurrently with other 300-level courses.
  5. German 305 taken abroad may be substituted for either 301 or 302, but not both.
  6. Concentrations (choose one):

A: German Language, Literature, and Culture

Students may include one German Studies course taught in English (221, 240-248, or any course with a GRST elective attribute).

B: Interdisciplinary German

Students may include two German Studies courses taught in English (221, 240-248, or any course with a GRST elective attribute).

The focus of the “German Language, Literature, and Culture” concentration is the development of advanced language and cultural proficiency and an in-depth critical understanding of the German-speaking world. The focus of the “Interdisciplinary German” concentration is for students to develop upper-intermediate German language proficiency and a critical understanding of the German-speaking world from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Majors are strongly encouraged to participate in the exchange program with the University of Tübingen, the University of Landau, or with a departmentally approved ISEP program during their junior years; equivalent courses from there will be accepted as substitutes.

Recommended: A second foreign language; related courses in English, international studies, philosophy, and history.