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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

German Major

german studies department

The major in German 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 10 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 10 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.

Information for all first-year majors

A prospective German major should select an initial language course (e.g., GERM 1001, GERM 1050, or GERM 2201) according to their high school language preparation. Prior to the start of fall semester, contact the Department for the exact date and location of the placement/proficiency exam. If you have earned a 600 on the SAT II or 4 on the AP test, you can sign up for GERM 2201 and do not have to take the proficiency exam.

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 10 one-semester courses in German, numbered 1000 and above, are required to complete the major. Courses taken abroad, to be counted toward the German 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 adviser for the German major, Professor Michael Resler, Lyons 201C, 617-552-3744,