German Major and Minor Requirements

Make the most of your time studying German at the University of Arizona. Explore our course offerings and degree requirements and come talk to us to create a plan that is right for you.


The German Studies Curriculum

Undergraduate majors and minors 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 according to their interests, including German for professional purposes, German contemporary media, conversation about current events, cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present, fairy tales, music, applied linguistics, and language teaching. 


We made some changes to our 300-level courses and major/minor requirements in 2019 and 2021. If you started the program before that time and would like to look up the previous requirements, please see here. Anyone can opt into the new, more flexible requirements, and 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 32 units beyond the 100-level language courses, including:
    • GER 201 and 202 (or 211; please note that 211 is only 6 credits instead of 8 for 201 and 202, so we recommend taking an additional German course on the 300-level to fulfill your requirements)
    • the core requirements (9 units, see below)
    • 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 list below), at least 3 units of which should come from GER 301, 303, or 311 
    • GER 301: German Cultural and Literary History
    • GER 302: German Conversations
    • GER 303: German through Contemporary Media 
    • GER 310: Present Day German: Its Structure and Uses
    • GER 311: German through Performance 
    • GER 315: German for Professional Purposes 
  • the remaining 12 units can be chosen from the following list and any 300-level courses (see list above) not taken for the core requirements (these 12 units can include up to six units 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: Practicum: German Studies
    • GER 499: Independent Study (as appropriate)

Residence requirement: 12 units of upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses in German Studies

Minor

Undergraduate requirements for a German Studies minor:

Minor in German Studies

  • a minimum of 20 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, so we recommend taking an additional course from the list below to fulfill your requirements)
  • the remaining 12 units can be chosen from the following list (9 of these units need to be on the 300-level or above):
    • GER 233: Fascism and Resistance: Propaganda and Ideology in German Literature and Culture (Gen Ed)
    • 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 301: German Cultural and Literary History 
    • GER 302: German Conversations
    • GER 303: German through Contemporary Media 
    • GER 310: Present Day German: Its Structure and Uses
    • GER 311: German through Performance 
    • GER 312: War, Death, and the Hero: Medieval Epics: Beowulf, Nibelungenlied, and Rolandslied (Gen Ed)
    • GER 315: German for Professional Purposes
    • 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
    • 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: Practicum: German Studies
    • GER 496C: [Milestones in German Literature and] Culture (senior capstone, co-convened with graduate students)
    • GER 499: Independent Study (as appropriate)

Residence requirement: 9 units of upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses 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.

Find information on General Education and overall degree requirements associated with majors offered by the College of Humanities here.


 

Ready to Declare?

Thank you for your interest in German Studies. There are many benefits of majoring in German Studies. Learn More >>

Declare a major or minor in one of the following ways:

In Person

Meet in person with a faculty advisor or make an appointment with the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

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Online Form

Complete the online Major/Minor declaration form (NetID required). A faculty advisor will follow up to schedule a meeting. If you do not hear from a faculty advisor within a week, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center (cohadv@email.arizona.edu).

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Download the Major/Minor declaration form. You can scan and email the completed form to Stephanie Topete at stopetee@email.arizona.edu or deliver it to her at Learning Services Building #203 (1512 E. First Street, Tucson, AZ 85721). A faculty advisor will follow up to schedule a meeting. If you do not hear from a faculty advisor within a week, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

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