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German Major/Minor

German Studies
Directors: Professor Albert A. Kipa and Associate Professor Franz Birgel

Major Requirements

Students majoring in German Studies must successfully complete GRM 204 Intermediate German II and any previous language courses with a grade point average of at least 2.000 or demonstrate an equivalent command of the language. All majors must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.000 in all courses attempted in the major. Normally, GRM 221 German Civilization will fulfill the College’s writing intensive requirement in the major.

Majors take nine courses beyond GRM 204 Intermediate German II, including:
GRM 220 or 221 German Civilization
GRM 251 or 252 Masterpieces of German Literature I OR
GRM 400 Introduction to German Literature
GRM 253 or 254 Masterpieces of German Literature II
GRM 301 or 302 German Conversation & Composition OR
GRM 303 or 304 Advanced German Conversation & Composition
GRM 316 or 317 German Cinema

Four additional courses selected from:
GRM 310 or 311 Business German
GRM 355 or 356 The Faust Theme in Literature, Music, & Art GRM 360 The New Germany
GRM 400 Introduction to German Literature
GRM 412 German Prose
GRM 413 German Drama
GRM 414 German Lyric Poetry
HST 217 or 218 Revolution & the Birth of Modern Europe
MUS 227 Opera
PSC 230 or 231 Government & Politics of Europe

Minor Requirements

Students minoring in German Studies must successfully complete GRM 203 Intermediate German I and any previous language courses with a grade point average of at least 2.000 or demonstrate an equivalent command of the language. All minors must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.000 in all courses completed in the minor.

Minors take six courses beyond GRM 203 Intermediate German I, including:
GRM 204 Intermediate German II OR
GRM 301 or 302 German Conversation & Composition
GRM 220 or 221 German Civilization
GRM 251 or 252 Masterpieces of German Literature I OR
GRM 400 Introduction to German Literature
GRM 253 or 254 Masterpieces of German Literature II

Two additional courses selected from the German Studies program offerings.
360. The New Germany*
An examination of the cultural, geographic, and social structures and the intellectual currents and issues of reunited Germany as well as an exploration of their traditions and historical roots through reading and analysis of pertinent texts and works of literature, film, and art. Taught in English.
Meets general academic requirement H.
* Course will contain an additional language component for students pursuing a degree in German Language and Literature. Those students will meet with the instructor for an additional session per week when the subject matter will be discussed in German.

Information on Studying German

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