Certificate in German Language and Culture
About the Certificate
The Department of German offers students an opportunity to do sustained work in German language, literature, philosophy, art, and media while majoring in another department, leading to a Certificate in German Language and Culture. Certificate students can choose from the broad range of German Department courses taught in both English and German. Classes extend from the Middle Ages to the contemporary moment, introduce diverse disciplinary perspectives including art history and philosophy, and engage with multiple critical paradigms, such as gender and media studies. Through vibrant classroom discussions and close advising relationships, the certificate program engages students who wish to advance their command of the German language and deepen their understanding of German culture.
The certificate program is open to undergraduates in all departments. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as early as in their first year or sophomore year to plan a program of study, but should not hesitate to reach out about joining the certificate program at a later date.
1. Four courses at the 200 level or higher, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or higher. All courses must be taken for a grade - not PDF.
2. Evidence of substantial upper-level coursework 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 taught in German and one was conducted in English with a substantial German-language component. This option is available for all courses taught in in the German Department as well as courses in other departments cross-listed with German. Students should consult with the instructor regarding the German-language component at the beginning of the semester and submit the agreed-upon plan to the German Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval by the end of the second week of classes.
Independent Work Requirements
There are three ways to fulfill the Independent Work Requirement: (1) a substantial paper of circa 15–20 pages (if in English), 10–15 pages (if in German); this paper may be a revised version of a text written for one of the four required courses; (2) a chapter from the senior thesis principally devoted to a German-related topic; (3) an additional 300-level class taught in German.
If you are interested in completing the certificate, you are encouraged to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
The Department of German certificate program is open to undergraduates in all departments. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as early as their first year or sophomore year and anytime thereafter to plan a program of study.
To apply for the Certificate in German Language and Culture, please fill out the form available on the Department Forms page.