Required language courses
Required writing-intensive course
Students must complete one of the following writing-intensive courses.
Students must complete one course at the 1000-level.
Students must complete two courses at the 1100-level.
1200- to 1400-level course
Students must complete one seminar in German at the 1200- to 1400-level.
Students must complete two additional courses in any of the following groups.
- Any seminar in German at the 1200- to 1400-level.
- A 1500-level course in the Department of German, with some work in German to be arranged with the instructor
- German studies courses in other deparments that include a 1-credit trailer in German.
Students should take the capstone seminar in the fall term of their senior year.
Grade requirements: A 2.00 GPA is required in is required in each course that counts toward the major.
Satisfactory/No Credit option: No course that counts toward the major can be taken on an S/NC basis unless the student receives special permission from the major advisor.
Writing requirement: GER 1001 - GERMAN WRITING and GER 1003 GER 1003 - PROFESSIONAL GERMAN 1 fulfill the requirement for a writing course in the major.
Related area: A minimum of 12 credits is required in any one Dietrich School department chosen in consultation with the major advisor. The completion of an official Dietrich School minor or a Dietrich School or UCIS certificate also satisfies this requirement.
Honors requirements: To earn departmental honors in German, students must demonstrate superior performance in departmental courses by:
- earning an average GPA of at least 3.5 in their major courses;
- demonstrating a high level of proficienty in speaking and writing German; and
- completing a three-credit senior honors project (in addition to the credits required for the major), which has been accepted by the departmental faculty. Senior honrs projects may include:
- a semester-long, independent research project, as an extension of the senior thesis written during the capstone seminar;
- taking an exam on a comprehensive reading list derived by the student in consultation with the faculty; or
- enrolling in a graduate seminar and completing a graduate paper.
Students are encouraged to study and reside in a German-speaking country as a component of the German major. Numerous possibilities exist for such study, and financial aid is often available.