Major/Minor Requirements

The Major in German Studies

The major in German Studies constitutes a minimum of 9 units.  With the approval of the department, courses taken abroad may count toward the major at the 200 level.  Each student should consult with her departmental advisor about the best sequence of courses in her case.

The nine units include two requirements, either GER 325 or GER 329 and GER 389.  The remaining seven units must be at the 200 level or above.  GER 201 and GER 202 count towards the major.  Two of the other seven may be in English, and, with departmental approval, may include one course taught outside of the department.

The Minor in German Studies

The minor in German Studies requires a minimum of six units beyond Ger 102 of which at least five units have to be at the 200 level or above.  Up to two of the six units may be in English. With departmental approval, one unit may be taught outside of the department.

With the approval of the department, courses taken abroad may count toward the minor. Each student should consult with her department advisor about the best sequence of courses.

Honors Program

The department offers two plans for the honors program.

For Plan A, students write a thesis and pass an oral examination. Students enroll in Senior Thesis Research (360) in the first semester and carry out indepen­dent work under the supervision of a fac­ulty member. If sufficient progress is made, students continue with Senior Thesis (370) in the second semester.

For Plan B, students prepare for a written and an oral examination based on a reading list devised by the student under the guidance of an advisor. Preparation of a special author or project can be reflected proportionally in the honors examination.

Plan B carries no course credit, but students may elect a unit of 350 as part of their preparation for the honors examination.

To be admitted to either plan, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all work in the major field above the 100-level. The department may petition on behalf of exceptional students whose averages fall between 3.0 and 3.5.

 


 

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Inquiries regarding our Study Abroad program in Berlin and Mainz or our January-in-Berlin program may be directed to Faculty Director Thomas Nolden.

 

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