Bachelor of Arts with a Major in German Language and Literature

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Prerequisite courses:
One of the following options:
Option A:
GER 1005
  & GER 1006
Intensive Beginning German I
   and Intensive Beginning German II
Option B:
GER 1001
  & GER 1002
First-Year German I
   and First-Year German II
GER 1003
  & GER 1004
Second-Year German I
   and Second-Year German II
Required courses in the major:
GER 2009
  & GER 2010
Intermediate German I
   and Intermediate German II
GER 2109
  & GER 2110
Introduction to German Studies I
   and Introduction to German Studies II
One of the following:
GER 2091
  & GER 2092
Introduction to German Literature—in English I
   and Introduction to German Literature—in English II
GER 2161
  & GER 2162
German Culture—in English I
   and German Culture—in English II
Two courses from the following:
GER 2111Business German
GER 2161
  & GER 2162
German Culture—in English I
   and German Culture—in English II (if not taken above)
GER 216520th-Century German Literature—in English
GER 3181History of German Cinema—in English
GER 3182The Fairy Tale from the Grimms to Disney—in English
GER 3183Berlin Before & After the Wall
GER 3184German Thought - in English
GER 3185Literary Voices and the Fascist Experience—in English
GER 3186German Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries
GER 3187German Cinema after 1945
GER 3188The Lives of East Germans
Four from the following:
GER 4171The Age of Goethe-in German
GER 4172From Romanticism to Realism
GER 4173Naturalism to Expressionism
GER 4174Inside/Outside the Third Reich
GER 4175Literature of two Germanies
GER 4176Contemporary German Literature

The general education curriculum of Columbian College engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, that develop communication competencies, and that invite them to participate as responsible citizens, attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Course work for the general education curriculum includes 24 credits of approved analytic courses in quantitative and scientific reasoning and in critical and creative thinking. Students engage diverse viewpoints by incorporating 3 credits of courses into that program that include global or cross-cultural perspectives and 3 credits that include local/civic engagement. Students must also demonstrate written and oral communication skills through 13 credits of approved course work.

The general education curriculum is a “living curriculum” and therefore will change from year to year. Courses added to the curriculum are generally available to students immediately after being approved; some are phased in as deemed appropriate. As such, it is essential that students consult with their professional academic advisors. The basic distribution of the curriculum follows.

Analysis—3 credits in mathematics or statistics (quantitative reasoning); 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning); 6 credits in social sciences (quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking); 6 credits in humanities (critical or creative thinking); 3 credits in art: visual, performing, critical, or historical practices (critical or creative thinking).

Perspective—3 credits that include a global or cross-cultural perspective; 3 credits that include local/civic engagement

Communication—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing; 2 Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses; 3 credits in oral communication. Note: UW 1020 University Writing must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and the WID courses must be taken in separate semesters. One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective course work. The oral communication course may count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective requirements, or it may be met through major requirements.

Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major. With some exceptions made for transfer students, courses fulfilling these requirements must be completed in residence at the University. A full list of approved courses is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, a candidate for special honors must have attained a 3.5 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.0 average overall. Students must apply for honors candidacy by the end of the first semester of the junior year, must attain speaking proficiency at the Advanced level, as measured by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, and must successfully complete an honors thesis (GER 4197 Senior Honors Thesis IGER 4198 Senior Honors Thesis II).