About

German is the official language of Germany and Austria and one of the official languages of Switzerland. It is also widely spoken in Eastern Europe. Today’s Germany has the largest population and the most powerful economy in the European Union. The capital, Berlin, centrally located in the newly expanded EU, is becoming a vibrant metropolis with an avant-garde cultural scene – augmenting traditional strengths in the areas of museums, music, and theater. Other cities such as Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich cultivate a similar mix of the old and the new, as do Vienna, the capital of Austria, and Zürich, the Swiss German hub. The cultural, scientific, and technological achievements of the German-speaking peoples are known and valued throughout the world.

Minor

The German Studies minor consists of 6 courses (24 credits)

Prerequisites (2 courses, 8 credits)

  • GER-201 Intermediate German I

    Prerequisites:

    GER 102 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Four-skills approach (speaking, listening, reading, writing) utilizing authentic texts, recordings, and visual media. Grammar review, vocabulary expansion, and intensive practice. One language laboratory session per week.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • GER-202 Intermediate German II

    Prerequisites:

    GER 201 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Continuation of skills development from 201. One language laboratory session per week.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Four Advanced Courses (16 credits)

The list must include the following:
  • GER-302 German Civilization II

    Prerequisites:

    GER 202 or consent of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of civilization in the German-speaking countries from the late 19th century to the present. Major figures, movements, and periods. Art, literature, music, philosophy, and popular culture in the context of political and economic developments.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • GER-304 Advanced Composition

    Prerequisites:

    GER 202 or consent of the instructor

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Additional training in writing German. Practice in various modes (e.g., essay, poetry, dramas, short fiction). Some translation into English. Special attention paid to grammatical points where needed.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Note: GER 216, 218, 306, 419 and GER 420 may be counted toward the minor (with supplemental activities in German).

Related Disciplines:

A maximum of two courses from other departments can be counted toward the minor. A current list of such courses can be obtained at the department office.

AP and Other Credit:

  • Incoming students who receive a score of “4” or “5” on the AP German examination have fulfilled the prerequisite for the minor.

  • A maximum of two courses taken at other institutions or as part of a study abroad program in a German-speaking country may apply toward the minor.

  • Any Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to the German-speaking countries (e.g., culture, politics, society) counts toward the major or minor programs.