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Degrees and Courses

We offer a  German Studies  concentration within the framework of the  World Cultures and Literatures  B.A., as well as minors in  German  and in  German Area Studies All coursework toward the minor in German is in the German language. For the interdisciplinary German Area Studies minor, students will complete a substantial part of their coursework in German (language, literature, culture) but will also take classes related to German history or culture in other disciplines.

Lower division language courses (GERM 1501, GERM 1502, GERM 1803, GERM 2331, GERM 2332) provide a solid foundation in basic language skills. Our language classes are student-centered and foster communicative competence in German. Students not only learn the language but are also introduce to a wide array of topics relevant to the understanding of contemporary German life and culture. Video and audio materials as well as computer software supporting language learning are available at the Language Commons. During fall and spring semesters, free tutoring in German is offered by the department.

The Placement Exam required for students with prior German instruction is offered and administered by University Testing Services . Qualified students may attempt a departmental credit-by-exam test to receive credit for GERM 2331, 2332, 3333, and/or 3334. For more information on the departmental exam, please contact Dr. Glass.

Our upper division offerings facilitate in-depth study of the language, literatures, and cultures of the German-speaking countries with special emphasis on cultural developments of the 20th and 21st centuries. German faculty participate in the interdisciplinary World Culture and Literature program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Women’s Studies.

German offers core curriculum courses (taught in English) on topics such as the Holocaust, Modernity, German Drama, and German Film. These courses may be applied toward the German Area Studies degree.