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german studies

Undergraduate Program Description

The German Studies department offers a Major and Minor in German as well as an Interdisciplinary Minor in German Studies. These programs give students an opportunity to learn the language, culture and history of Germany. Students may also choose to take Business German (GERM1175) and German Business and Trends in Europe (GERM3320) in order to learn that field as well.

Students who have performed well in German (minimum 3.3 GPA) may apply for the Honors program.

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German Studies Requirements: Major in German

The German major 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 I and II
  • 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 must be conducted in German to be counted toward the German Studies major.

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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,

  • GERM1051 Intermediate German II and
  • GERM2201–2202 German Conversation and Composition I and II

The remaining required courses are:

  • GERM2290 Advanced Reading in German
  • Two additional upper-level courses may include Business German GERM1175, 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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Minor in German Studies

The German Studies Minor promotes the interdisciplinary study of German culture.

Requirements:

  • German Divided and Reunited (GERM2242), or History course
  • Two upper level courses in German Studies, one of which must be conducted in German
  • Three electives or 9 credits from at least two other departments

The three non-German courses may be chosen, in consultation with the Director of the minor, from the relevant offerings of at least two of the following departments: history, music, theology, fine arts, and philosophy. Such courses should focus upon subjects related to German culture. Students must have at least 15 credits in the minor program that are not used to fulfill requirements for another major or minor or a Core requirement.

Students who are already pursuing a double major will not be accepted to the German Studies minor. Planning and fulfilling the minor in German Studies 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.

Interested students are asked to contact and consult with Prof. Daniel Bowles, Lyons Hall 201F, or via email at bowlesd@bc.edu.

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German Studies Business Track

The Business Track concentration allows students to combine a dual interest in business and German in a program of study that prepares them for an international career. Business German (GERM1175) can be taken as part of a German major or minor or as an individual course. The prerequisite for Business German is four college-level semester courses of German or the equivalent.

Business German is an outgrowth of the overall globalization of business, in particular between Germany and the United States. The thriving German economy makes Central and Eastern Europe a strong market for American products and has enabled German companies to open branches in the United States. The Business Track has been developed in conjunction with the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Business German (GERM1175) will usually be offered in the Fall semester to enable students to take German Business and Trends in Europe (GERM3320) in the Spring semester and to spend the following summer in a one-credit internship program in a German-speaking country (GERM5501). Students are also encouraged to spend a year or a semester at the Ingolstadt School of Management affiliated with our partner university, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, or at the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business).

Students can attain a Certificate in Business German by completing 16 credits:

  • GERM1175 Business German,
  • GERM2290 Advanced Reading in German,
  • GERM2242 Germany Divided and Reunited,
  • GERM3320 German Business and Trends in Europe,
  • and one additional upper-level German course
  • as well as GERM5501 German Studies Internship* with a satisfactory report from the internship provider.

These courses may count simultaneously toward the German major or either of the German Studies minors.

*GERM5501—German Studies Internship: Application process starts at the beginning of the Fall semester. Please consult with Ursula Mangoubi at Lyons 201G or via email at mangoubi@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 (GERM1051) or its equivalent. Non-majors may study abroad without intermediate level German proficiency.

Nearly all courses taken abroad in German will be accorded major (or minor) credit; however, of the ten semester courses (30 credits) needed for the German Studies major, a minimum of four courses (12 credits) beyond Composition and Conversation (GERM2202) must be taken with the German Studies Department at Boston College.

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