The Major in German Studies
The major in German Studies requires a minimum of nine units beyond GER 102. GER 201 and GER 202 count towards the major. Required are one 300-level seminar and a second 300-level course in the German Studies Department. Two of the remaining courses may be in English, and, with departmental approval, may include one course taught outside of the department.
With the approval of the department, courses taken abroad may count toward the major. Each student should consult with her department advisor about the best sequence of courses.
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. Two of the six units may be in English, and, with departmental approval, may include one course 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.
The department offers two plans for the honors program. Students who are interested in honors need to contact the chair of the department at the end of their junior year to learn about expectations, preparation, formats, and deadlines. Decisions about admittance to either one of the plans are made by the departmental committee.
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.