German Major and Minor Requirements

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 courses, students select from a wide-range of courses that help them acquire advanced language skills, while also exploring the cultural and literary history of the German-speaking world. At this point, students create a study plan for advanced courses that suits their individual interests in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies during Core Requirements Advising. The following page provides an overview of the coursework for a Major or Minor in German Studies at the University of Arizona.


Please note that the following changes were made to the 300-level, effective in 2019:

  • Changes to Courses on the 300-Level
    • GER 300: Encounters in Language and Culture (6 units) will be replaced by GER 303: German through Contemporary Media (3 units) (effective fall 2019).
    • GER 301: German Cultural and Literary History and GER 315: German for Professional Purposes were updated and given new titles to reflect the changes (effective spring 2019).
    • GER 313: Studies in Genre will become GER 311: German through Performance (effective spring 2020).
    • GER 302 and 310 will remain the same.
  • Changes to the Major and Minor with Language Emphasis (effective spring 2019)
    • GER 300 and 301 are no longer required or pre-requisites for 400-level courses.
    • Instead, students can chose 9 units from all available 300-level courses taught in German, at least 3 of which should come from GER 301, 303, or 311.
    • Students who began their German major or minor under a previous catalog will be able to choose whether to follow the requirements of that catalog or the new set of requirements. The Director of Undergraduate Studies can advise on the best choice in individual cases.

Major

Undergraduate requirements for a German Studies major:

Major in German Studies

  • a minimum of 30 units beyond the 200-level language courses, including the core requirements (9 units) and the capstone course (3-unit GER 496C: Milestones in German Literature and Culture, to be taken in the spring of senior year, co-convened with graduate students)
  • core requirements: 9 units from the six 3-unit 300-level courses taught in German (see below), at least 3 of which should come from GER 301, 303, or 311 [before 2019: GER 300 (6 units) and GER 301 (3 units) for a total of 9 units]
    • GER 301: German Cultural and Literary History (formerly Voices Past and Present)
    • GER 302: German Conversations
    • GER 303: German through Contemporary Media (formerly 6-unit GER 300: Encounters in Language and Culture)
    • GER 310: Present Day German: Its Structure and Uses
    • GER 311: German through Performance (formerly GER 313: Studies in Genre)
    • GER 315: German for Professional Purposes (formerly German for Business)
  • the remaining 18 units can be chosen from the following list and any 300-level courses (see list above) not taken for the core requirements (the 18 units can include up to six units of 300-level courses in German Studies taught in English):
    • GER 312: War, Death, and the Hero: Medieval Epics: Beowulf, Nibelungenlied, and Rolandslied (Gen Ed)
    • GER 320: History of Tolerance from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Beyond (Gen Ed)
    • GER 325: History of German Cinema (Gen Ed)
    • GER 327: Recycling Culture: Environmentalism Made in Germany (Gen Ed)
    • GER 371: Contemporary German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • GER 373: Women's Fictions in Twentieth-Century Germany (Gen Ed)
    • GER 375: The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in turn-of-the-century Vienna (Gen Ed)
    • GER 376: German-Jewish Writers (Gen Ed)
    • GER 379: Religion in German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • GER 380: The Middle Ages: The Enigmatic Precursor to Modern Europe (Gen Ed)
    • GER 392: Directed Research
    • GER 393: Internship
    • GER 399: Independent Study (as appropriate)
    • GER 411: Dealing with the Past
    • GER 412: Tales of Love
    • GER 416: "Minority" Views in German Culture
    • GER 420: Topics in German Culture (formerly Periods in German Culture)
    • GER 422: When African Americans Came to Berlin (taught in English)
    • GER 430: Crossing Borders/Crossing Cultures
    • GER 440: Images of Jews and Judaism in German Culture (taught in English)
    • GER 450: Constructions of Identity
    • GER 455: Music and German Literature (taught in English)
    • GER 459: German Politics (taught in English)
    • GER 461: The Task of the Translator (taught in English)
    • GER 475: Advanced German Usage
    • GER 480: Applied Linguistics for German as a Foreign Language
    • GER 494A: German Studies: Teaching Practicum
    • GER 499: Independent Study (as appropriate)

Residence requirement: 18 units of upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses in German Studies

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

 

Minor

There are two possible tracks:

Minor in German Studies: Option A (with an emphasis on German language)

  • a minimum of 23 units beyond GER 102, including GER 201 and 202 (or 211; please note that 211 is only 6 credits instead of 8 for 201 and 202, hence we recommend taking an additional German course on the 300-level to fulfill your requirements) and the core requirements
  • core requirements: 9 units from the six 3-unit 300-level courses taught in German (see below), at least 3 of which should come from GER 301, 303, or 311 [before 2019: GER 300 (6 units) and GER 301 (3 units) for a total of 9 units]
    • GER 301: German Cultural and Literary History (formerly Voices Past and Present)
    • GER 302: German Conversations
    • GER 303: German through Contemporary Media (formerly 6-unit GER 300: Encounters in Language and Culture)
    • GER 310: Present Day German: Its Structure and Uses
    • GER 311: German through Performance (formerly GER 313: Studies in Genre)
    • GER 315: German for Professional Purposes (formerly German for Business)
  • the remaining 6 units can be chosen from the following list of German Language/German Studies courses and any 300-level courses (see list above) not taken for the core requirements:
    • GER 392: Directed Research
    • GER 393: Internship
    • GER 399: Independent Study (as appropriate)
    • GER 411: Dealing with the Past
    • GER 412: Tales of Love
    • GER 416: "Minority" Views in German Culture
    • GER 420: Topics in German Culture (formerly Periods in German Culture)
    • GER 430: Crossing Borders/Crossing Cultures
    • GER 450: Constructions of Identity
    • GER 455: Music and German Literature
    • GER 475: Advanced German Usage
    • GER 480: Applied Linguistics for German as a Foreign Language
    • GER 494A: German Studies: Teaching Practicum
    • GER 496C: [Milestones in German Literature and] Culture (senior capstone, co-convened with graduate students)
    • GER 499: Independent Study (as appropriate)

Residence requirement: 6 units beyond the core requirements of 9 units of 300-level German courses

Minor in German Studies: Option B (with an emphasis on German culture)

  • a minimum of 23 units beyond GER 102, including GER 201 and 202 (or 211; please note that 211 is only 6 credits instead of 8 for 201 and 202 and you will need to take an additional course to fulfill your requirements)
  • the remaining 15 units can be chosen from the following list of 200-,  300-, and 400-level courses in German Studies (a minimum of 9 units must be upper-level credits):
    • GER 242: Thinkers and Dreamers: Challenges of the Imagination in German History (Gen Ed)
    • GER 244: Language and Power (Gen Ed)
    • GER 246: Culture, Science and Technology (Gen Ed)
    • GER 272: Changing the World: Ideas, Experiences, and Stories in the German-Speaking Tradition (Gen Ed)
    • GER 273: Wicked Tales and Strange Encounters: German Romanticism and Beyond (Gen Ed) 
    • GER 276: Crisis and Rebellion: Germany and Beyond (Gen Ed)
    • GER 278: Medieval Answers to Modern Problems (Gen Ed)
    • GER 312: War, Death, and the Hero: Medieval Epics: Beowulf, Nibelungenlied, and Rolandslied (Gen Ed)
    • GER 320: History of Tolerance from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Beyond (Gen Ed)
    • GER 325: History of German Cinema (Gen Ed)
    • GER 327: Recycling Culture: Environmentalism Made in Germany (Gen Ed)
    • GER 371: Contemporary German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • GER 373: Women’s Fictions in Twentieth-Century Germany (Gen Ed)
    • GER 375: The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in turn-of-the-century Vienna (Gen Ed)
    • GER 376: German-Jewish Writers (Gen Ed)
    • GER 379: Religion in German Culture (Gen Ed)
    • GER 380: The Middle Ages: The Enigmatic Precursor to Modern Europe (Gen Ed)
    • GER 392: Directed Research
    • GER 399: Independent Study (as appropriate)
    • GER 422: When African Americans Came to Berlin (taught in English)
    • GER 440: Jews and Judaism in German Culture (taught in English)
    • GER 455: Music and German Literature (taught in English)
    • GER 459: German Politics (taught in English)
    • GER 461: The Task of the Translator (taught in English)
    • GER 499: Independent Study (as appropriate)

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