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German Studies

Undergraduate Program Description

The German Studies department offers a major and a minor in German language, interdisciplinary minor in German Studies, and a German business track within these majors and minors. These programs give students an opportunity to learn the language, literature, culture, and history of Germany.

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

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Major in German

The German major is designed to give the student an active command of the German language and insight into German literature and culture; to provide the linguistic foundation for a career augmented by proficiency in German; to prepare students for various graduate study programs.

The German major requires 30 credits or ten courses::

  • GERM2201-2202 Composition and Conversation I and II
  • Two (GERM2210 and 2211) History of German Literature
  • Six courses in German Studies

Students with a minimum 3.3 GPA may apply for the Honors program.

Transfer Credits

Courses taken abroad must be conducted in German to count toward the German major. Of the 30 credits or ten courses, a minimum of 12 credits or four upper-level courses above GERM1051 must be taken within the German Studies Department at Boston College.

Director of the major, Prof. Michael Resler, Lyons Hall 201C, resler@bc.edu

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Minor in German

The German minor is for students seriously interested in learning the German language 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. The foremost goal of the program is to encourage students to adopt an international focus, and to motivate students to study abroad.

The German minor are requires 18 credits or six courses;

  • GERM1051 Intermediate German II
  • GERM2201–2202 German Conversation and Composition I and II
  • GERM2290 Advanced Reading in German
  • Two additional upper-level courses (above GERM1051) one of which may be conducted in English

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-speaking university. 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.

Director of the minor, Prof. 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 beyond the language.

The German Studies minor requires 18 credits or six courses:

  • GERM2242/HIST2270 Germany Divided and Reunited
  • Two upper-level courses in German Studies (above GERM1051)
  • Three electives or 9 credits from at least two other departments

The three non-German departmental courses may be chosen, in consultation with the Director of the minor, from the relevant offerings of at least two other departments. 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-speaking university.

Director of the minor, Prof. Daniel Bowles, Lyons Hall 201F, bowlesd@bc.edu.

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German Business Track

The business track concentration allows German majors or minors to combine a dual interest in business and German in a program of study that prepares them for an international career. 

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.

The German business track requires 7 credits or two courses, counting simultaneously toward the German major or minor:

  • GERM1175 Business German
  • GERM3320 German Business and Trends in Europe

Students can also apply for the 1-credit summer German Studies Internship (GERM5501) at the beginning of the previous fall semester. Contact Prof. Ursula Mangoubi in Lyons 201G, mangoubi@bc.edu

Students are 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 Wirtschaftsuniversität (Vienna University of Economics and Business).

Director of the business track, Prof.Daniel Bowles, Lyons Hall 201F, bowlesd@bc.edu

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Information for Study Abroad

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. There are also options for summer study abroad. 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 Intermediate German II (GERM1051) or its equivalent. Non-German majors must fullfill the language proficiency required by their study abroad program.

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

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