Major in German
Required Courses and Programs
The requirement for majors in German is eight full courses at the 300 level and above. At least three of these courses must be at the 400 level. Also required is a period of study in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Those planning to continue the German major in graduate school may wish to take more credit hours in the department. Both language and cultural proficiency are emphasized, along with reading and discussing literary texts.
The Reading List
In addition to the required courses, every major is expected to be familiar with certain literary texts and works. For a list of these works and their authors (in chronological order), please see The Reading List.
Comprehensive Examinations and Departmental Honors
Those students who have performed with distinction may apply in their penultimate semester for departmental honors. If approved they will be requested to write a research paper in connection with a German 444 course (1-4 credits). Students demonstrating excellence in both this paper and their written comprehensives will be awarded departmental honors.