The department offers seven areas of concentration:

1. GERMAN LITERATURE: 5 courses in German department (no more than one at 200 – level); 3 cognates in related humanities departments and other disciplines such as philosophy and religion.

2. GERMAN PHILOSOPHY AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY: 6 courses in German department (at least 2 of which should be 300 – level) and 2 relevant cognate courses in history, European cultural studies, or philosophy.

3. MEDIA AND AESTHETICS: 6 courses in German department (at least 2 of which should be 300 – level) and 2 relevant cognate courses from art and archaeology, music, European cultural studies, and the Program in Visual Arts.

4. GERMANIC LINGUISTICS: Required to take Linguistics 201 Introduction to Language and Linguistics, Linguistics 214 Historical Linguistics, or another course in linguistics, and two graduate seminars (GER 505 History of the German Language, GER 506 Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy) and 3 courses in German literature and culture as well as one cognate course.

5. THE STUDY OF LITERATURES: 5 upper level -courses in German program and 3 upper- level courses in a second literature.

6. JOINT PROGRAM IN GERMAN CULTURE AND POLITICS: 4 courses in the German department, 4 cognate courses in the Department of Politics (at least 2 on 300 level). One JP for German, one JP for POL. Thesis supervised in German department, but it may deal with any political topic acceptable to both departmental representatives. Upon completion of this program the two departments will issue a letter certifying completion of a program in German cultural studies with a concentration in politics.

7. CERTIFICATE IN GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: The Department of German offers students an opportunity to do sustained work in German language, philosophy, art, and media while concentrating in another department, leading to a certificate in German language and culture.

Program RequirementsThe 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.

The requirements for work done in the Department of German are:

  • Four courses at the 200 level or higher, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or higher.
  • 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.

A substantial paper (20 pages) growing out of one of the four courses taken to fulfill the certificate. This paper will be in addition to the work required in the course. It may be written in either German or English. If written in English, it must be accompanied by a two-page German abstract.

Language Requirements and Departmentals: For areas 1, 4, and 5, at least three, and for areas 2, 3, and 6, at least two of the departmentals should be taught in German.

For further information and for any questions, please contact Sarah Pourciau, the Department Representative.