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German Studies B.A.

German, Scandinavian, & Dutch
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 31
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The major in German studies includes the study of the spoken language, as well as the literature, philology, and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The department also offers a major and minors in Scandinavian languages, a minor in Dutch, and a minor in Austrian and Central European studies. The department recommends study abroad in a German-speaking country for at least six months in order to acquire cultural familiarity and language fluency. Students may apply appropriate coursework to a German studies major or a German minor. The University is affiliated with exchange programs in Berlin and Freiburg for both one- and two-semester stays. There are also possibilities for study at many other German, Austrian, and Swiss universities. Visit the Learning Abroad Center website at for more information.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of German.
The major in German studies consists of a minimum of 31 credits in 3xxx, 4xxx, and 5xxx courses. All courses in the major must be taken A-F and completed with a C- or better. At least two courses must be taken in the German program at the University of Minnesota. The major program must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
Major Core Courses
GER 3011W - Conversation and Composition [WI] (4.0 cr)
GER 3104W - Reading and Analysis of German Literature [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
GSD 3511W - Vikings, Knights, and Reformers: German and European Culture and Controversies to 1700 [WI] (3.0 cr)
GSD 3512W - Imagined Communities: German and European, Culture and Controversies, 1700 to Present [WI] (3.0 cr)
Major Project
The major project is a substantial paper of approximately 20 typed pages. The paper is prepared in the Major Project Seminar (GSD 3451W or 3451V) with the guidance and supervision of a faculty member. Please note: This seminar is offered fall semester only.
GSD 3451W - Major Project Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
or GSD 3451V - Honors Major Project Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
Emphasis Areas
Literature, Culture, and Society Emphasis
Up to two courses in this emphasis may be GER 36xx, 46xx, 56xx courses if substantial work in German is done by the student, as directed by the instructors of the courses or by the director of undergraduate studies. One elective can be a course outside the German department, as long as the course includes sufficient coverage of German-speaking areas.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GER 3xxx
· GER 4xxx
· GER 5xxx
Linguistics and Philology Emphasis
Take 5 or more course(s) from the following:
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· LING 3001 - Introduction to Linguistics [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· LING 3001H - Honors: Introduction to Linguistics (4.0 cr)
· LING 3601 - Historical Linguistics (3.0 cr)
· LING 5001 - Introduction to Linguistics (4.0 cr)
· LING 5601 - Historical Linguistics (3.0 cr)
· Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· GER 3701 - History of the German Language (3.0 cr)
· GER 3702 - Beginning Middle High German (3.0 cr)
· GER 3704 - German Dialects (3.0 cr)
· GER 5711 - History of the German Language I (3.0 cr)
· GER 5712 - History of the German Language II (3.0 cr)
· GER 5722 - Middle High German: Advanced Readings (3.0 cr)
· GER 5731 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GER 5732 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GER 5734 - Old Saxon (3.0 cr)
· GER 5740 - Topics in Germanic Medieval Studies (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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