College 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, including a departmental honors program.


Students must complete 30 credit hours in the major at or above the 200 level. At least 21 credit hours must be in courses taught in German; a minimum of 12 of these 21 credit hours must be at the 400 level. At least one 3 credit hour course at the 400 level must be taken on the Bloomington campus. Students are required to take two of the gateway courses: G332, G334, E336. At least one of the gateway courses has to be completed before enrolling in any 400-level course other than G400.

Up to 9 credit hours may be taken in English (E prefix) or any other Germanic language offered (G, K, N, S, X, or Y prefixes).

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