Majoring and Minoring in German
In collaboration with Columbia, the Barnard German Department is able to offer a rich and diverse curriculum that allows majors, concentrators and non-majors to study various areas of German language, literature, and culture. The program is designed to offer a regular and a combined major. The German Major and German Minor concentrations are offered in the field of German literature or German Studies as the two main methodological orientations within the program. A Combined Major or a major concentration in German Studies, allows a broader cultural focus and the incorporation of courses from cognate disciplines for students wishing to enhance their studies in related disciplines such as Africana studies, Art history, Film Studies, History, Human Rights, Music, Philosophy, Political Science or Women Studies. A major in Comparative Literature or European Studies gives Barnard students the opportunity to concentrate either on German literature (as one of the two literary traditions) or on aspects of Austrian, German and Swiss history, politics or society in a European context.
The courses comprising this program are taught in German and English, with the twofold objective of combining the study of significant works, literary trends, and cultural manifestations with advanced practice in the use of German as a medium of practical everyday communication and intellectually stimulating discussion or conversation. Courses in English include extra sessions for German speakers.
Requirements: 10 courses
GERM V 3001-3002 Advanced German Conversation and Composition (3 pts. each)
GERM W 3333x Introduction to German Literature
GERM BC 3061y Seminar
Five one-term advanced literature courses chosen from GERM BC 3027-3050 or their Columbia equivalent GERM W 3443-3675.
A third advanced language course may be substituted for one advanced literature course.
GERM BC 3062x or y Senior Essay
A half-hour oral exit examination is required.
This major combines a study of literature with other aspects of German culture and civilization by choosing courses from the social sciences such as history, political science, and economics, and from other humanities dealing with German-speaking regions or communities.
The department will assist and advise students interested in studying in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. It should be noted that Barnard College is a member of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies and strongly encourages those students wishing to study abroad to do so through this program administered by Columbia University and conducted in association with the Freie Universitat Berlin.
Requirements: 14 courses
Two or three of the following language courses or their equivalent:
GERM V 3001-3002, GERM BC 3009, GERM BC 3010
Four or five one-term Advanced Literature and Culture courses numbered:
GERM BC 3011-3061 (or their Columbia equivalent)
One GERM BC 3062x or y Senior Essay*
Six one-term courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities that relate to the German-speaking countries of Europe and define a special field of interest (to be chosen in consultation with the major adviser). Two courses dealing with German history are strongly recommended.
*The major adviser in the German department will work with a second reader in another field if the thesis topic should require it.
Requirements: 14 courses
Seven courses in each department, including a seminar in one of the departments and a senior essay on a topic bridging both fields.
A student who selects a combined major will establish her special program in consultation with the departments concerned.
Requirements: 5 courses
Advanced language courses from GERM V 3001-02 and GERM W 3333.
A minimum of three additional advanced literature courses from GERM BC 3011-3061 or their Columbia equivalent.
If you have further questions regarding the majors or the minor, please contact Erk Grimm, the Department Chair.
For questions regarding language courses and placement exams, please contact Irene Motyl.