Detailed information about all aspects of the Undergraduate Program in the German Department is available in the Undergraduate Handbook. A specialized publication with information regarding Independent Work in the German Department can also be downloaded here.
The requirement for admission to the department is a satisfactory working knowledge of German demonstrated by the completion of GERMAN 107, an SAT II subject test score of 740, or a grade of 4 or 5 on the advanced placement test.
The department offers six areas of concentration:
1. German Literature: focuses on the major periods and forms of German literature with emphasis on literary and historical analysis. Students take a minimum of five courses in the department (usually no more than two at the 200 level) and a maximum of three cognate courses in related humanities departments and other disciplines such as Philosophy and Religion.
2. German Philosophy and Intellectual History Track: concentrates on philosophy, political and cultural theory, particular intellectual movements and epochs in German-speaking contexts. Students take a minimum of five courses in the German Department (usually no more than two at the 200 level), and a maximum of three relevant cognate courses in History, European Cultural Studies, Religion, or Philosophy.
3. Media & Aesthetics Track: designed for students who wish to focus on art, film, music, sound technology, and/or media theory broadly conceived. Students take a minimum of five courses in the German Department (usually no more than two at the 200 level), and a maximum of three relevant cognate courses in Art & Archaeology, Music, Philosophy, European Cultural Studies, and the Program in Visual Arts.
4. Germanic Linguistics Track: concentrates on the history and structure of the German language. Majors who select this track are required to take Linguistics 213 (Introduction to Language and Linguistics) or a comparable course in linguistics, and two seminars related to topics in Germanic linguistics: GER 505 (History of the German Language) or GER 508, and GER 506 (Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy) of GER 316. In addition, such students will take at least three other courses in German literature and culture (usually no more than two at the 200 level), as well as two cognate courses.
5. The Study of Two Literatures: consists of five courses in the German Department (usually no more than two at the 200 level) and three upper-level courses in a second literature. Students who have not completed the language preparation for the second literature may select this track provided that they satisfy this language requirement during the junior year.
6. Joint Program in German Culture and Politics: students may combine a concentration in German literature and culture with a concentration in German/European politics and political theory. Four courses will be taken in the German Department (usually no more than two at the 200 level), on topics pertaining to German literature and culture, and four courses will be taken in the Department of Politics (usually no more than two at the 200 level), on topics pertaining to German/European politics or political theory. The senior thesis may focus on any political topic with a substantive German-related component. Upon graduation, a letter will be issued by the department certifying the completion of a program in German cultural studies with a concentration in politics.
For areas 1 to 5, at least three, and for area 6, at least two of the departmentals should be courses taught in German.
The Department also offers a Certificate in German Language and Culture, which allows students to do sustained work in German language, philosophy, art, and media while concentrating in another department. The program is open to undergraduates in all departments. Students should consult the departmental representative by the middle of the sophomore year to plan a program of study.
Certificate Program Requirements:
1. Four courses at the 200 level or higher, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or higher.
2. Evidence of substantial upper-level course work in German. This requirement will be satisfied if three of the four courses taken for the certificate were conducted in German or if two were conducted in German and one was conducted in English but entailed an appropriate German-language component. (See the Undergraduate Announcement for details.)
3. A substantial paper (20 pages if in English, 12-15 pages if in German) involving original research on a German-related topic. The paper may be an expanded and significantly revised version of a paper written for one of the four courses taken to fulfill the certificate. (See the Undergraduate Handbook for details.)
For more information about any aspect of the undergraduate program, contact the Departmental Representative, Prof. Thomas Y. Levin at tylevin@princeton.