Fact Sheet for German Majors and Minors

The German Studies Curriculum

Undergraduate majors in German Studies acquire language proficiency in German and a broad background in German culture, history, and literary studies. As early as their fourth semester, students can choose from several different subject areas, including German for professional purposes, German contemporary culture, current events, cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present, fairy tales, music, applied linguistics, and language teaching. 

In our third-year gateway courses – German 300: Encounters in Language and Culture (6 units) and German 301: Voices Past and Present (3 units) – students acquire advanced language skills, while also exploring the cultural and literary history of the German-speaking world.

At the upper levels of the program, students are required to create a study plan in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies that suits their personal interests, and that may emphasize a variety of areas including literature, cultural studies and pedagogy.

The following page provides an overview of the coursework for a Major or Minor in German Studies at the University of Arizona.

Major in German Studies

  • a minimum of 30 units beyond the 200-level, including the required core courses: 300 and 301 (9 units total), and 496C, which is a 3-unit capstone course to be taken in the spring of senior year.
  • 18 units chosen from the following list (up to six units of 300-level courses in German Studies taught in English) may be counted toward the major. One of these General Education courses must be used to fulfill the writing emphasis requirement.
    • 302 German Conversations
    • 310 Present Day German: Its Structure and Uses
    • 312 War, Death, and the Hero in Medieval Literature (Gen Ed)
    • 313 Studies in Genre
    • 315 German for Business
    • 320 History of Toleration and Tolerance From Biblical Times to the 18th Century (Gen Ed)
    • 325 History of German Cinema (Gen Ed)
    • 327 Recycling Culture: Environmentalism Made in Germany (Gen Ed)
    • 371 Contemporary German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • 373 Women's Fictions in Twentieth-Century Germany (Gen Ed)
    • 375 The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna (Gen Ed)
    • 376 German-Jewish Writers (Gen Ed)
    • 379 Religion in German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • 380 The Middle Ages: The Enigmatic Precursor to Modern Europe (Gen Ed)
    • 392 Directed Research
    • 393 Internship
    • 399 Independent Study (as appropriate)
    • 411 Dealing with the Past
    • 412 Tales of Love
    • 416 Minority Views in German Culture
    • 420 Periods in German Culture
    • 422 When African Americans Came to Berlin (taught in English)
    • 430 Crossing Borders/Crossing Cultures
    • 440 Images of Jews and Judaism in German Culture (taught in English)
    • 450 Constructions of Identity
    • 455 Music and German Literature (taught in English)
    • 459 German Politics (taught in English)
    • 461 The Task of the Translator (taught in English)
    • 475 Advanced German Usage
    • 480 Applied Linguistics for German as a Foreign Language
    • 494A German Studies: Teaching Practicum
    • 496 A, B, D, E, F, G Senior Seminar
    • 499 Independent Study (as appropriate)

Majors select their supporting minor in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, based on their interests and future career plans.

Residence requirement: 18 units of upper-level courses in German Studies (beginning with 300 and 301)

Minor in German Studies

  • a total of 23 units is required beyond German 102

There are two possible tracks:

Option A (with an emphasis on German language):

  • GER 201 and 202 (or 211; however, 211 gives you only 6 credits, instead of 8 for 201 and 202)
  • GER 300 and 301
  • Further German Language/German Studies courses (equaling at least 6 credit units), choosing from the following:
    • 302 German Conversations
    • 310 Present Day German: Its Structure and Uses
    • 313 Studies in Genre
    • 315 German for Business
    • 392 Directed Research
    • 393 Internship
    • 399 Independent Study (as appropriate)
    • 411 Dealing with the Past
    • 412 Tales of Love
    • 416 Minority Views in German Culture
    • 420 Periods in German Culture
    • 430 Crossing Borders/Crossing Cultures
    • 450 Constructions of Identity
    • 455 Music and German Literature
    • 475 Advanced German Usage
    • 480 Applied Linguistics for German as a Foreign Language
    • 494A German Studies: Teaching Practicum
    • 496 A, B, D, E, F, G Senior Seminars
    • 496 C the Senior Capstone (co-convened with graduate students)
    • 499 Independent Study (as appropriate)
  • If you choose GER 211 to replace GER 201 and 202, you will be short of 2 credits, hence you will have to choose an additional course beyond the gateway courses.

23 units total

Residence requirement: 6 units beyond the two gateway courses (300 and 301)

Option B (with an emphasis on German culture):

  • GER 201 and 202 (or 211; however, 211 gives you only 6 credits, instead of 8 for 201 and 202)
  • 15 units of 200-,  300-, and 400-level courses in German Studies (a minimum of 9 units must be upper-level credits), choosing from the following:
    • 242 Thinkers and Dreamers: Challenges of the Imagination in German History (Gen Ed)
    • 244 Language and Power (Gen Ed)
    • 246 Culture, Science and Technology (Gen Ed)
    • 272 Changing the World: Ideas, Experiences, and Stories in the German-Speaking Tradition (Gen Ed)
    • 273 Wicked Tales and Strange Encounters: German Romanticism and Beyond (Gen Ed) 
    • 276 Crisis and Rebellion: Germany and Beyond (Gen Ed)
    • 278 Medieval Answers to Modern Problems (Gen Ed)
    • 312 War, Death, and the Hero in Medieval Literature (Gen Ed)
    • 320 History of Toleration and Tolerance From Biblical Times to the 18th Century (Gen Ed)
    • 325 History of German Cinema (Gen Ed)
    • 327 Recycling Culture: Environmentalism Made in Germany (Gen Ed)
    • 371 Contemporary German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • 373 Women’s Fictions in Twentieth-Century Germany (Gen Ed)
    • 375 The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna (Gen Ed)
    • 376 German-Jewish Writers (Gen Ed)
    • 379 Religion in German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • 380 The Middle Ages: The Enigmatic Precursor to Modern Europe (Gen Ed)
    • 392 Directed Research
    • 399 Independent Study (as appropriate)
    • 422 When African Americans Came to Berlin (taught in English)
    • 440 Jews and Judaism in German Culture (taught in English)
    • 455 Music and German Literature (taught in English)
    • 459 German Politics (taught in English)
    • 461 The Task of the Translator (taught in English)
    • 499 Independent Study (as appropriate)

23 units total

Residence requirement: 6 units of General Education level courses (in English) in German Studies


The Department of German Studies also participates in the Honors Program at the University of Arizona and offers a pathway to the honors.

For more information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies to schedule an appointment.

For information on General Education and overall degree requirements associated with majors offered by the College of Humanities, please visit the following link: http://advising.humanities.arizona.edu/undergraduate-degree-requirements