German Majors

The German and Russian department has the following degrees:

German Language major leading to BA degree

A major in German language leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 36 credits as follows:

  1. GERM 262 (or at least three credits from GERM 263 or 264, an approved substitute in German language or a cognate field)
  2. GERM 311, 312, 332
  3. At least six credits from GERM 303, 304 or from other approved German courses
  4. GERM 347 or 349
  5. Six additional credits in literature chosen from the following: GERM 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 321 (if topic is literary)
  6. The remaining credits must be taken from a list of approved courses, available from the department, with no more than six credits in any one discipline
  7. Students must pass an oral and written proficiency examination conducted by the department before or during their last long term prior to graduation.
  1. Required course (take one)
    • GERM 262 - Intermediate German II

      FDR: FL
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter
      Credits: 4


      Prerequisite: GERM 261 or the equivalent.

      Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, as well as reading and writing. The course also offers the student some acquaintance with German literature and culture.

    • GERM 263 - Bavarian Spring Term: Intermediate German

      FDR: FL
      Credits: 6
      Planned Offering: Spring 2013 and every three years
      Credits: 6


      Prerequisites: GERM 111 and 112 completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better at W&L and approval of the International Education Committee.

      A period of direct exposure to the language at the intermediate level, and to the culture and people of Germany. The program includes supervised academic projects, lectures by native authorities, and other cultural activities. Additional details of the program, including some of special interest to students not majoring in German, are available from the department. Three credits may count toward major requirements.

    • GERM 264 - Bonn and Beyond: A Supervised Study Through Germany's Rhineland

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Spring 2014 and every third year
      Credits: 4


      Prerequisite: GERM 112 or equivalent, and the approval of the International Education Committee.

      Spring Term Abroad course. This intensive language course offers students an extended period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. Students immerse themselves in the culturally rich environs of Bonn, Cologne, and Germany's Rhineland, improving their language skills through extensive and innovative language instruction. Students also gain greater understanding of German history and contemporary culture through lectures by native authorities, tours of museums and churches, and through their contact with their host families as well as native German university students.

    • or an approved substitute in German language or a cognate field.
  2. Required courses
    • GERM 311 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Following a study of German phonology and the components of advanced German grammar, the course emphasizes spoken German, accompanied by written exercises.

    • GERM 312 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 311.

      A continuing course of advanced German with emphasis on the written language through composition and a study of stylistics. Advanced conversational material is drawn from topics relevant to contemporary life in the German-speaking world.

    • GERM 332 - Performing German

      FDR: HA
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 261 or instructor consent.

      The reading, interpretation, preparation and performance of one or more German-language dramas. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. A maximum of three credits may be used to meet major requirements.

  3. At least six credits from:
    • GERM 303 - Bavarian Spring Term

      Credits: 6
      Planned Offering: Spring 2016 and every third year
      Credits: 6


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 and approval of the International Education Committee.

      A period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. The program includes supervised academic projects, lectures by native authorities, and other cultural activities. Additional details of the program, including some of special interest to students not majoring in German, are available from the department.

    • GERM 304 - Bonn and Beyond: A Supervised Study Through Germany's Rhineland

      Credits: 4
      Credits: 4


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent, and the approval of the International Education Committee.

      Spring Term Abroad course. This intensive language course offers students an extended period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. Students immerse themselves in the culturally rich environs of Bonn, Cologne, and Germany's Rhineland, improving their language skills through extensive and innovative language instruction. Students also gain greater understanding of German history and contemporary culture through lectures by native authorities, tours of museums and churches, and through their contact with their host families as well as native German university students.

    • or from other approved German courses
  4. Take one course
    • GERM 347 - The Age of Goethe: Sentimentalism to Sturm und Drang

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A study of dramatic, expository, narrative, and poetic works by the young Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries. While emphasizing the historical and sociopolitical context of this aesthetically revolutionary period, this course examines Germany's turn toward Sentimentalism that culminates in the Sturm und Drang movement. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

    • or
    • GERM 349 - The Age of Goethe: German Classicism

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2016 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A course that examines the influence of Greece on German theoretical, dramatic, and poetic works by the mature Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries, especially Hölderlin and Kleist. By investigating the extent to which German writers embraced or rejected Winckelmann's stoic vision of Greek art and culture, this course aims to refine our understanding of German Classicism. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

  5. Six additional credits in literature chosen from the following:
    • GERM 313 - German Literature, 1800-1850

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      Planned Offering: Spring 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      This course is an introduction to German literature through close reading, analysis, and discussion of key German texts written from the early- to mid-19th century. Students become familiar with the development, characteristics, and themes of German literature in this period as well as methods and terms of literary criticism and interpretation (in both English and German). Conducted in German.

    • GERM 314 - German Literature, 1900-1945

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of Naturalism through World War II. Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Rilke, Wedekind and Brecht are among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 315 - German Literature, 1850-1900

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Realism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism. Grillparzer, Fontane, Keller, Storm, Meyer, and Hauptmann are among the authors read; study of the ballad as a literary form. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 316 - German Literature, 1945 to Present

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2014 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262, 263 or equivalent, or instructor consent.

      Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of World War II to the present. Böll, Grass, Seghers, Dürrrenmatt, Frisch, Wolf and Strauss among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 318 - German Medieval and Renaissance Literature

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      An examination of selected works and a study of literary history through the 16th century. Medieval literary readings include the Hildebrandslied, Nibelungenlied, Parzival, and Tristan, as well as the Minnesang. Consideration is also given to the history of the German literary language during the period covered. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 320 - German Literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Baroque and Aufklärung)

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      A study of representative works from the 17th and the first half of the 18th centuries, together with the literary history of the period and the history of the literary language. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 321 - Seminar: Special Topics in German Literature or Language (if topic is literary)

      FDR: HL when the topic is literary
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Spring
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      The focus shifts annually from the examination of a specific period or author to a study of a specified genre, such as the lyric or the Novelle. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

  6. The remaining credits must be taken from a list of approved courses, available from the department, with no more than six credits in any one discipline.
  7. Students must pass an oral and written proficiency examination conducted by the department before or during their last long term prior to graduation.

German Literature major leading to BA degree

A major in German literature leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 36 credits as follows:

  1. At least six credits from GERM 262, 263, 264, 395, or from other approved German or cognate courses
  2. At least six credits from GERM 301, 302, 303, 304, 311, 312, or from other approved German courses
  3. Three credits in each of the following three groups:

GERM 313 or 315
GERM 314 or 316
GERM 347 or 349

  1. Six additional credits in literature chosen from the following: GERM 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 321 (if topic is literary), 347, 349, 395
  2. The remaining credits must be taken from a list of approved courses, available from the department, with no more than six credits in any one discipline
  3. Students must pass a comprehensive literature proficiency examination conducted by the department before or during their last long term prior to graduation.
  1. At least six credits from:
    • GERM 262 - Intermediate German II

      FDR: FL
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter
      Credits: 4


      Prerequisite: GERM 261 or the equivalent.

      Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, as well as reading and writing. The course also offers the student some acquaintance with German literature and culture.

    • GERM 263 - Bavarian Spring Term: Intermediate German

      FDR: FL
      Credits: 6
      Planned Offering: Spring 2013 and every three years
      Credits: 6


      Prerequisites: GERM 111 and 112 completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better at W&L and approval of the International Education Committee.

      A period of direct exposure to the language at the intermediate level, and to the culture and people of Germany. The program includes supervised academic projects, lectures by native authorities, and other cultural activities. Additional details of the program, including some of special interest to students not majoring in German, are available from the department. Three credits may count toward major requirements.

    • GERM 264 - Bonn and Beyond: A Supervised Study Through Germany's Rhineland

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Spring 2014 and every third year
      Credits: 4


      Prerequisite: GERM 112 or equivalent, and the approval of the International Education Committee.

      Spring Term Abroad course. This intensive language course offers students an extended period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. Students immerse themselves in the culturally rich environs of Bonn, Cologne, and Germany's Rhineland, improving their language skills through extensive and innovative language instruction. Students also gain greater understanding of German history and contemporary culture through lectures by native authorities, tours of museums and churches, and through their contact with their host families as well as native German university students.

    • GERM 395 - Seminar

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 312 and instructor consent.

      A seminar on a particular author, period, or genre. The subject changes annually. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Conducted in German.

    • or from other approved German or cognate courses
  2. At least six credits from:
    • GERM 301 - German Conversation

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Spring
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      An intensive course stressing development of active German skills through conversation and some writing on cultural and practical subjects.

    • GERM 302 - Business German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Spring
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Acquisition of specific vocabulary necessary to transact business in Germany or with German speakers. Readings in manufacturing, marketing, banking and the organization of the European Union. Business letter and résumé writing. Taught in German.

    • GERM 303 - Bavarian Spring Term

      Credits: 6
      Planned Offering: Spring 2016 and every third year
      Credits: 6


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 and approval of the International Education Committee.

      A period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. The program includes supervised academic projects, lectures by native authorities, and other cultural activities. Additional details of the program, including some of special interest to students not majoring in German, are available from the department.

    • GERM 304 - Bonn and Beyond: A Supervised Study Through Germany's Rhineland

      Credits: 4
      Credits: 4


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent, and the approval of the International Education Committee.

      Spring Term Abroad course. This intensive language course offers students an extended period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. Students immerse themselves in the culturally rich environs of Bonn, Cologne, and Germany's Rhineland, improving their language skills through extensive and innovative language instruction. Students also gain greater understanding of German history and contemporary culture through lectures by native authorities, tours of museums and churches, and through their contact with their host families as well as native German university students.

    • GERM 311 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Following a study of German phonology and the components of advanced German grammar, the course emphasizes spoken German, accompanied by written exercises.

    • GERM 312 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 311.

      A continuing course of advanced German with emphasis on the written language through composition and a study of stylistics. Advanced conversational material is drawn from topics relevant to contemporary life in the German-speaking world.

    • or from other approved German courses
  3. Three credits in each of the following three groups:
    • GERM 313 - German Literature, 1800-1850

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      Planned Offering: Spring 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      This course is an introduction to German literature through close reading, analysis, and discussion of key German texts written from the early- to mid-19th century. Students become familiar with the development, characteristics, and themes of German literature in this period as well as methods and terms of literary criticism and interpretation (in both English and German). Conducted in German.

    • or
    • GERM 315 - German Literature, 1850-1900

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Realism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism. Grillparzer, Fontane, Keller, Storm, Meyer, and Hauptmann are among the authors read; study of the ballad as a literary form. Conducted in German.

    • **********
    • GERM 314 - German Literature, 1900-1945

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of Naturalism through World War II. Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Rilke, Wedekind and Brecht are among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

    • or
    • GERM 316 - German Literature, 1945 to Present

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2014 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262, 263 or equivalent, or instructor consent.

      Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of World War II to the present. Böll, Grass, Seghers, Dürrrenmatt, Frisch, Wolf and Strauss among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

    • **********
    • GERM 347 - The Age of Goethe: Sentimentalism to Sturm und Drang

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A study of dramatic, expository, narrative, and poetic works by the young Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries. While emphasizing the historical and sociopolitical context of this aesthetically revolutionary period, this course examines Germany's turn toward Sentimentalism that culminates in the Sturm und Drang movement. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

    • or
    • GERM 349 - The Age of Goethe: German Classicism

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2016 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A course that examines the influence of Greece on German theoretical, dramatic, and poetic works by the mature Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries, especially Hölderlin and Kleist. By investigating the extent to which German writers embraced or rejected Winckelmann's stoic vision of Greek art and culture, this course aims to refine our understanding of German Classicism. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

  4. Six additional credits in literature chosen from the following:
    • GERM 313 - German Literature, 1800-1850

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      Planned Offering: Spring 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      This course is an introduction to German literature through close reading, analysis, and discussion of key German texts written from the early- to mid-19th century. Students become familiar with the development, characteristics, and themes of German literature in this period as well as methods and terms of literary criticism and interpretation (in both English and German). Conducted in German.

    • GERM 314 - German Literature, 1900-1945

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of Naturalism through World War II. Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Rilke, Wedekind and Brecht are among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 315 - German Literature, 1850-1900

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Realism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism. Grillparzer, Fontane, Keller, Storm, Meyer, and Hauptmann are among the authors read; study of the ballad as a literary form. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 316 - German Literature, 1945 to Present

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2014 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262, 263 or equivalent, or instructor consent.

      Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of World War II to the present. Böll, Grass, Seghers, Dürrrenmatt, Frisch, Wolf and Strauss among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 318 - German Medieval and Renaissance Literature

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      An examination of selected works and a study of literary history through the 16th century. Medieval literary readings include the Hildebrandslied, Nibelungenlied, Parzival, and Tristan, as well as the Minnesang. Consideration is also given to the history of the German literary language during the period covered. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 320 - German Literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Baroque and Aufklärung)

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      A study of representative works from the 17th and the first half of the 18th centuries, together with the literary history of the period and the history of the literary language. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 321 - Seminar: Special Topics in German Literature or Language (if topic is literary)

      FDR: HL when the topic is literary
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Spring
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      The focus shifts annually from the examination of a specific period or author to a study of a specified genre, such as the lyric or the Novelle. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

    • GERM 347 - The Age of Goethe: Sentimentalism to Sturm und Drang

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A study of dramatic, expository, narrative, and poetic works by the young Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries. While emphasizing the historical and sociopolitical context of this aesthetically revolutionary period, this course examines Germany's turn toward Sentimentalism that culminates in the Sturm und Drang movement. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 349 - The Age of Goethe: German Classicism

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2016 and alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A course that examines the influence of Greece on German theoretical, dramatic, and poetic works by the mature Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries, especially Hölderlin and Kleist. By investigating the extent to which German writers embraced or rejected Winckelmann's stoic vision of Greek art and culture, this course aims to refine our understanding of German Classicism. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 395 - Seminar

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: GERM 312 and instructor consent.

      A seminar on a particular author, period, or genre. The subject changes annually. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Conducted in German.

  5. The remaining credits must be taken from a list of approved courses, available from the department, with no more than six credits in any one discipline.
  6. Students must pass a comprehensive literature proficiency examination conducted by the department before or during their last long term prior to graduation.