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Minor in German Studies

Students who minor in German Studies explore the artistic and intellectual traditions of German-speaking countries and their people in a revealing interdisciplinary context. They build intermediate linguistic proficiency in German while exploring Germanic cultures using approaches from linguistics, theater and performance studies, film and media studies, philosophy, Jewish studies, gender studies, queer theory, eco-criticism, environmental studies, and more. The minor is ideal for students pursuing degrees in European studies and international studies as well as in the humanities, sciences, and social and policy studies. With study abroad and internship opportunities, students have diverse opportunities to get real-world experience that can give them an advantage as alumni working in business, nonprofits, STEM fields, graduate programs, and more.

As part of the minor, students gain intermediate linguistic proficiency in German. Because German 101, 201, and 301 are available only in the fall, students should sign up to begin as early as possible. If you have previous experience studying German, see our information on placement tests. An accelerated first-year German course is available in the summer. For additional information, please contact the German Language Program Director Klaus Brandl.

Declaring a Minor in German Studies

Students in good academic standing may declare the minor at any time by meeting with their major adviser. Undergraduate advising for German Studies is provided through Humanities Academic Services.

If you have questions about German Studies programs or coursework, you can contact our Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Kye Terrasi. For additional considerations about earning a minor, see Undergraduate Advising’s Minor page.

Minor Requirements

35 credits as follows:

Required courses:

  • German 203
  • German 311

5 credits in 400-level coursework from the following:

  • German 411
  • German 412
  • German 421
  • German 422
  • German 423
  • German 490
  • German 493
  • German 494
  • German 495
  • German 497
  • German 498
  • German 499

20 additional credits from any combination of the following courses (no more than 10 credits may be taken from 200-level courses):

Language:

  • German 301
  • German 302
  • German 303
  • German 304
  • German 307
  • German 333
  • German 334
  • German 401
  • German 498.

Literature:

  • German 210
  • German 243
  • German 293
  • German 295
  • German 300
  • German 312
  • German 313
  • German 340
  • German 341
  • German 342
  • German 345
  • German 346
  • German 349
  • German 350
  • German 351
  • German 352
  • German 353
  • German 360
  • German 390
  • German 397
  • German 411
  • German 412
  • German 421
  • German 422
  • German 423
  • German 490
  • German 494
  • German 495
  • German 497

Culture:

  • German 285
  • German 322
  • German 323
  • German 355
  • German 370
  • German 371
  • German 385
  • German 399
  • German 493
  • German 499

Linguistics:

  • German 220
  • German 451
  • German 452
  • German 479

Other:

  • German 395/396 (4 credits max.)
  • German 398
  • German 446 (5 credits max.)
  • German 447 (5 credits max.)

When students test out of German 203 due to prior competency in German, these required credits become electives.

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