Beginning 2017-18: Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Germanics 

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51 credits in all

Required Courses (31 credits):

  • German 203 (or equivalent)
  • 2 courses from: German 301, 302, 303 (or equivalent)
  • German 401 (or equivalent)
  • German 311 (Introduction to Literary Studies)
  • 2 courses from 400-level literature offerings (411,421,422,423,497, etc)


Elective Courses (20 credits):

  • Choose from many offerings in:
    • Language
    • Literature
    • Culture
    • Linguistics
    • Every quarter we also offer English-language courses that count toward elective credit, such as:
      • Cultures of Extinction
      • The Otherworldly: Fairy Tales and the Environmental Imagination
      • Vienna 1900: The Naked Truth: Crisis and Renewal
      • The Layered City: Excavating Diversity in the Metropolis Berlin
      • The Human Animal
      • The Queerness of Love
      • Sympathy for the Devil: The Rhetoric of Compassion
      • The Tele-Novel: Seriality and Visual Storytelling



Study Abroad

  • We work individually with students to make study abroad opportunities count toward gaining credit toward their degrees at German, Austrian, and Swiss universities.
  • The Germanics Department directly sponsors two study abroad programs:
    • Spring in Vienna (a well-integrated program with a cohort of fellow UW students every spring quarter; application in November);
    • Direct exchange with German universities in Tübingen and Heidelberg.
    • Many other study abroad opportunities are available through the Study Abroad Office.
    • Study Abroad is strongly encouraged, but not required for the degree.



You may graduate with departmental honors on your degree by completing ad-hoc honors projects in conjunction with four different courses.