German (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

Required Courses27
All students with prior knowledge of German will take the placement test. If they place out of Beginning or Intermediate courses, these credits will be substituted with elective courses. The total number of 36 credits remains the same regardless of the placement results.
Beginning German I
Beginning German II
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
Major Electives
Complete 9 credits from the list below.9
Total Credits36


GERM 142Practice in Written German3
GERM 221Advanced German Through Music: From Mozart to Rammstein3
GERM 222Advanced German through Graphic Novels3
GERM 223Advanced German Through Detective Stories3
GERM 224Advanced German through Film I3
GERM 225Advanced German through Film II3
GERM 226Fairy Tales from Grimm to Disney3
GERM 227Nazi Cinema and Propaganda3
GERM 309Practice in Spoken German3
GERM 310Advanced Composition3
GERM 315Translation I3
GERM 316Translation II3
GERM 317Translation III3
GERM 318Translation IV3
GERM 360Modern German Prose Fiction3
GERM 362Development of German Poetry3
GERM 364German Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries3
GERM 375German Study Abroad1-6
GERM 380Independent Study in German (Junior Level)3
GERM 385Cooperative Education and Community Outreach for German Majors1-8
GERM 420Special Topics in German Literature and Culture3
GERM 460Senior Seminar3
GERM 480Independent Study in German (Senior Level)3

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
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete EDFD 200 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Students in P12 Subject Area Teaching programs complete SASE 210 as part of the Teacher Education sequence.
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This 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.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics3GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3GERM 1023
GERM 1013 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1World Cultures3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3GERM 221, 222, 223, 224, or 2253
GERM 121 or 1353GERM 135 (or Free Elective)3
Free Elective3 
 16 16
Third Year
GERM 2053GERM 221, 222, 223, 224, or 2253
GERM 221, 222, 223, 224, or 2253GERM 2513
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
GERM 2613Major Elective3
Major Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 15 12
Total Credits 120