Schools, Departments & Programs

Germanic Studies

Major in Germanic Studies

The B.A. Major in Germanic Studies offers a full curriculum including German language, linguistics, literature, and culture, as well as courses in Dutch, Yiddish, and Norwegian. Faculty members teach at all levels; class sizes are moderate to small; and there are many opportunities for direct student-faculty contact.


Students must complete 30 credit hours in the major, including 26 credit hours of Germanic Studies courses at the 300–400 level—the remaining 4 credit hours may include German language courses (G250, for example). At least 20 credit hours must be in courses taught in German; a minimum of 12 of these 20 credit hours must be at the 400 level. Students are required to take two of the gateway courses: G332, G334, and E336. Courses with a GER-G prefix are offered in German, while courses with a GER-E prefix are offered in English. At least one of the gateway courses has to be completed before enrolling in any 400-level course other than G400.

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.