German Studies

GERM – German Studies course descriptions


Mary Stark (chair), Amy Young

Departmental statement of philosophy

The German Studies program faculty believes that the ability to communicate (listen, speak, read and write) in another language is fundamental for attaining an understanding of the many cultures that make up the world. For significant intercultural understanding, students must also learn what members of other cultures consider worth talking about: their historical, artistic and literary heritage; their contemporary political, social and economic problems; and their basic customs and values.

Modern language course offerings are intended to build basic communication skills and insight into important topics in literature and culture. All courses aim to increase language proficiency and cultural awareness as well as to prepare students for an extended, off-campus immersion in a culture where the target language is spoken.


Study abroad opportunities

Students seeking a minor in the department are encouraged to study abroad.


Teaching licensure

Students may only add German as a second endorsement to their teaching license. Communicate directly with the Education department about state requirements for this endorsement. Requirements for students seeking teaching licensure are not necessarily identical to those of the general minor.


Foreign language credit by proficiency

For information on earning credit by proficiency in a foreign language, please see the Credit by Proficiency section of this catalog.


German Studies Minor Requirements (20 credits)

  1. Complete all of the following (8 credits)
    GERM    121      Beginning German I (or equivalent) (4)

    GERM    122      Beginning German II (or equivalent) (4)


  1. Complete at least two of the following (6 credits)
     GERM   240       The German Imagination (3)

     HIST      210       History of Modern Europe (4)
     HIST      212       World War I and II (4)
     HIST      216       German and Central Europe (4)
     HIST      217       Contemporary Europe (4)


  1. Complete at least 6 credits from the following courses or other courses as approved by German Studies faculty (6 credits)
     Any 300/400 level GERM course

     Any 300/400 level HIST course with a focus on one of more German- Speaking countries

Note: at least a10 total credits must be taken in GERM courses.