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College of Arts and Sciences

Major in German Studies

german studies department

Albrecht Dürer

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, and provide the background for graduate study in the field.

Major requirements
30 credits or ten courses

  • GERM 2201-2202 - Composition and Conversation (six credits)
  • GERM 2210-2211 - History of German Literature (six credits)
  • Six semester courses in German literature and culture
    (18 credits)

Note 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, to be counted toward the major, must be conducted in German.

Information for all first-year majors

Prospective German majors should select an initial language course (e.g., GERM 1001, GERM 1050, or GERM 2201) according to their high school language preparation. Students can supplement this choice with an elective—German literature, culture, philosophy, history, art history, music, or a German course offered in English translation.

In all, 30 credits or ten one-semester courses in German, numbered 1000 and above, are required to complete the major. Courses taken abroad, to be counted toward the German Studies major, must be conducted in German. Students must have at least 27 credits in the major program that are not used to fulfill requirements for another major or minor.  Interested students are asked to contact the faculty advisor for the German major, Professor Michael Resler, Lyons 201C, 617-552-3744, resler@bc.edu.