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Undergraduate Program Description

The German major aims to prepare students not only for further study but also for a professional life which is enhanced through a knowledge of German language, history, and culture.

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Major Requirements

The major in German Studies is designed to give the student an active command of the German language, an insight into German literature and culture; to provide the linguistic foundation for a career that is augmented by proficiency in German; to prepare students for graduate study in the field. Students majoring in German Studies are required to complete a total of 30 credits or ten courses within the following curriculum:

  • Two (GERM2201 and 2202) Composition and Conversation
  • Two (GERM2210 and 2211) History of German Literature
  • Six semester courses in German literature or culture
Notes for Majors with Transfer Credits

Of the 30 credits or ten semester courses, a minimum of 12 credits or four courses beyond Composition and Conversation (i.e., at least four upper-level literature or culture courses) must be taken within the German Studies Department at Boston College. Courses taken abroad in order to be counted toward the German Studies major must be conducted in German.

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Information for First Year Majors

A prospective German major should select an initial language course, e.g., GERM1001, GERM1050, or GERM2201, according to his/her high school language preparation. The student can supplement this choice with an elective. He/she can select a course in German literature, culture, philosophy, history, art history, music, or a German course offered in English translation. In all, ten one-semester courses in German numbered 1000 and above—or 30 credits at that level—are required to complete the major.

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Minor in German

The minor in German is for students seriously interested in learning German and in creating ties with the German-speaking world. The program allows students to combine an interest in German with other academic and professional goals, without the burden of a double major. The foremost goal of the program is to encourage more students to adopt an international focus, whatever their major may be, and to motivate more students to study abroad.

Students wishing to minor in German are required to complete 18 credits or six one-semester courses, including an introductory sequence,

  • GERM 1051 Intermediate German II and
  • GERM 2201-2202 German Conversation and Composition I and II

The remaining required course is

  • GERM 2290 Advanced Reading in German.
  • Two additional upper-level courses may include Business German GERM 1175, and one course may be conducted in English translation. 

Planning and fulfilling the minor in German requires the final approval of the Director of the minor. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director concerning opportunities for study abroad during their junior year at a German or Austrian university. Students must have at least 15 credits in the minor program that are not used to fulfill requirements for another major or minor. Interested students are asked to contact the Director of the minor, Asst. Professor Daniel Bowles, Lyons Hall 201F, bowlesd@bc.edu.

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Information for Study Abroad

All students are encouraged to study in a German-speaking country for a year or a semester, with recommended programs in Eichstätt, Berlin, Heidelberg, and Vienna. It is preferable that students study abroad during their junior year. Students should consult German Studies faculty in addition to the Office of International Programs to learn about the requirements for each specific program.

Prior to study abroad, German majors must complete the second semester of Intermediate German (GERM 1051) or its equivalent. Non-majors may study abroad without intermediate level German proficiency of the ten semester courses (30 credits) needed for the German studies major, a minimum of four courses (12 credits) beyond Composition and Conversation (GERM 2202) must be taken with the German Studies Department at Boston College.

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