German Major (B.A.)

Coordinator: Thomas Herold

The German major provides courses that develop linguistic skills, practice literary analysis, and build an understanding of cultures in German-speaking countries. In addition to German language courses on all levels, the program offers German literature and civilization classes as well as a large variety of extra-curricular activities.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements0-3
Major Requirements36
Free Electives42-39
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Prerequisites
GERM 101 and GERM 102 may be required as prerequisites.
German Required Courses21
Complete 3-6 credits from the following:
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German in Contemporary Contexts
Complete 6-9 credits from the following:
Advanced German Through Music: From Mozart to Rammstein
Advanced German through Graphic Novels
Advanced German Through Detective Stories
Advanced German through Film I
Advanced German through Film II
Complete the following 3 courses:
German Grammar Review
Introduction to German Literature
German Civilization
German Major Electives
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Practice in Written German
Advanced German Through Music: From Mozart to Rammstein
Advanced German through Graphic Novels
Advanced German Through Detective Stories
Advanced German through Film I
Advanced German through Film II
Special Topics in German Literature and Culture
Practice in Spoken German
Advanced Composition
Translation I
Translation II
Translation III
Translation IV
Nazi Cinema and Propaganda 1
Modern German Prose Fiction
Development of German Poetry
German Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries
German Study Abroad
Independent Study in German (Junior Level)
Cooperative Education for German Majors
Senior Seminar
Independent Study in German (Senior Level)
Total Credits36

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirement

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World Languages
Fulfilled by major.
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits0-3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
GERM 101 Beginning German I 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
GERM 102 Beginning German II 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
GERM 121
Intermediate German I
or Intermediate German in Contemporary Contexts
3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Cultures 3
GERM 221
Advanced German Through Music: From Mozart to Rammstein
or Advanced German through Graphic Novels
or Advanced German Through Detective Stories
or Advanced German through Film I
or Advanced German through Film II
3
GERM 135 Intermediate German in Contemporary Contexts (or Free Elective) 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
GERM 205 German Grammar Review 3
GERM 221
Advanced German Through Music: From Mozart to Rammstein
or Advanced German through Graphic Novels
or Advanced German Through Detective Stories
or Advanced German through Film I
or Advanced German through Film II
3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GERM 221
Advanced German Through Music: From Mozart to Rammstein
or Advanced German through Graphic Novels
or Advanced German Through Detective Stories
or Advanced German through Film I
or Advanced German through Film II
3
GERM 251 Introduction to German Literature 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
GERM 261 German Civilization 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120