Major in German Studies

The major in German Studies consists of eleven courses (minimum of 34 credits), including five one-term courses (taught in German); five one-term courses in other disciplines within the humanities or social sciences (taught in English); a senior tutorial.


Requirements: 11 courses


1 advanced German language course:

  • GERM UN3001: Advanced German I or
  • GERM UN3002: Advanced German II


4 German electives focusing on Austrian, German or Swiss aspects:

  • GERM BC3009: News & Views: Reception, Reporting, & Video Production
  • GERM BC3010: Current Issues: Media & Politics in Germany & Austria
  • GERM BC3012: Telenovelas
  • GERM BC3022: Vienna Stories: Filming Identities & Voices
  • GERM BC3050: German Migrant Literature
  • GERM BC3224: Germany’s Traveling Cultures
  • GERM BC3233: From Decadence to Dada 
  • (or their equivalent, in consultation with a department advisor)


5 courses in other disciplines

  • Courses in other disciplines must define a special field of interest (to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor) and can be chosen from Art History; Film Studies; History; Human Rights; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Theatre Studies; or Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.
  • The focus should be on cultural issues concerning German-speaking regions and communities.


1 course taken in the fall semester of the senior year:

  • GERM BC3061: Senior Tutorial*


*Submission of the senior essay or portfolio is followed by a Senior Thesis presentation at the end of the spring semester.