German Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major in German

Students in the German program study the German language and learn about the social and cultural history of the German-speaking world. Courses at the 100- and 200-level focus on acquiring a basic proficiency in German, an understanding of German culture and an insight into how language and culture are connected.

The upper-level courses are interdisciplinary in scope and focus on different areas of German cultural studies and intellectual history. Their intent is to provide students with a greater understanding of multicultural issues past and present, as well as an awareness of German literary and social history.

A major in German is an excellent preparation for students considering graduate school in a number of different fields, including but not limited to German, history and political science, as well as for international careers, which will draw on students’ ability to read, write and speak German as well as their understanding of and ability to interact with German culture.

The specific requirements for the major are:

  • A minimum of eight units at the 201-level or higher, including 301.
  • A maximum of one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward the major.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Residence in language-learning housing for at least one semester and successful completion of Modern Languages and Cultures 110.
  • Study abroad in an approved off-campus program. (If individual situations prevent this, the student should speak with the department chair.)

Requirements for Minor in German

  • A minimum of six units at the 201-level or higher, including 301.
  • A maximum of one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward the minor.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Residence in language-learning housing for at least one semester and successful completion of Modern Languages and Cultures 110.

Requirements for Major in German Language and Culture for the Professions

As the world continues to become increasingly diverse across traditional borders and cultural boundaries, there will be more demand in the workplace and for communities to effectively negotiate otherness—different ways of living lives—which will directly impact professional practices.

Knowledge of a modern language and culture will continue to grow in importance as a foundation for functioning successfully in a global economy across many professions. This track in German is intended for those students who are pursuing preprofessional studies in fields such as economics and management, communication studies, science or public policy, among others, or for those students who are pursuing more traditional liberal arts fields and wish to add a practical component to their education. This track will provide a combination of preprofessional courses in the target language and cultural courses in order to prepare students for working in a culturally diverse world and economy. Students will be expected to attain high linguistic competence.

Qualified students may choose a “fast track” language program at an approved summer institution domestically or language/internship program abroad during the summer after their freshman year. To qualify for this special program a student must complete an interview to be conducted by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. For information about College policies on transfer credit, see the section of this catalog entitled General Academic Regulations.

The specific requirements for the major are:

  • A minimum of nine units, including: Modern Languages and Cultures 105; German 201, 202, 301, or equivalent; German 303; a seminar (German 401, 1/2 unit); and the remaining units selected from 300- or 400-level German courses. The seminar must be taken after all other requirements have been met or in the final semester of completion of the major requirements.
  • An internship abroad or a documented internship-like experience abroad that has been approved by the MLAC Department.
  • A maximum of one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward the major.
  • Residence in language-learning housing for at least one semester and successful completion of Modern Languages and Cultures 110.

Requirements for Minor in German Language and Culture for the Professions

  • A minimum of six units, including: Modern Languages and Cultures 105; German 201, 202, 301, or equivalent; German 303; and the remaining unit selected from 300- or 400- level German courses.
  • An internship abroad or a documented internship-like experience abroad that has been approved by the MLAC Department.
  • A maximum of one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward the minor.
  • Residence in language-learning housing for at least one semester and successful completion of Modern Languages and Cultures 110.

Requirements for Major in German with Secondary or K-12 Education Certification

  • A minimum of eight units at the 300-level, including: 301 and 302; one unit from historical and cultural studies sequence (306, 307, 350); one unit from text and cultural production sequence (312, 316, 355); and one unit from German ethnic and environmental studies sequence (310, 314).
  • Education 338 or 339 (see Education Department), and Education 371 (K-12).
  • A maximum of one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward a major.
  • All courses for the major must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Study abroad in an approved off-campus program.
  • Residence in language-learning housing for at least one semester and successful completion of Modern Languages and Cultures 110.
  • Completion of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) examination at an "Advanced Low" level of proficiency (or higher). Students should consult closely with the Modern Languages and Cultures Department and consider taking this examination directly after the study abroad experience.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.

Requirements for Minor with Secondary Education Certification

  • A minimum of six units at the 300-level or higher, including: 301 and 302; one unit from historical and cultural studies sequence (306, 307, 350); one unit from text and cultural production sequence (312, 316, 355); and one unit from German ethnic and environmental studies sequence (310, 314).
  • Education 338 or 339.
  • A maximum of one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward the major.
  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a numerical grade.
  • Residence in language-learning housing for at least one semester and successful completion of Modern Languages and Cultures 110.
  • Completion of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) examination at an "Advanced Low" level of proficiency (or higher). Students should consult closely with the Modern Languages and Cultures Department and consider taking this examination directly after the study abroad experience.
  • Completion of all other requirements for teacher certification.