The German major program trains students in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while immersing them in German culture and literature.

Program Outcomes

Students pursuing a German major will be able to:

  • Write, read, listen to, and speak German proficiently
  • Develop cultural understanding and awareness
  • Develop autonomous learning and critical-thinking skills


To major in German, you must complete GERM 100, 110, 200, and 210, which provide a basic foundation for German competence and fluency. Additionally, you will need another 30 credits in 300- and 400- level courses as following:

Students with secondary school German or a German-language background are encouraged to take a placement test that helps them identify the course level that best suits their learning needs. Students whose level of proficiency exempts them from completing required comprehensive language courses on the upper level (GERM 300, 310, 400, 410) will need to substitute the respective credits with courses on German literature and culture.

Pursuing a German major opened up opportunities that I had never expected. Throughout my undergraduate degree the faculty was very supportive and I was lucky to have met so many amazing people, and to have had so many invaluable experiences.

German Major

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