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German Studies Majors or Minors

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The Department offers and encourages opportunities for contact with German-speaking Europe and for study abroad in Germany and Austria, as well as summer internships in Germany and the possibility of teaching in Germany following graduation.  In addition, the German Studies Department has been highly successful with its graduating students applying for the Fulbright Grants and for DAAD scholarships.  In recent years, the Department produced thirteen Fulbright scholars to Germany, which was in all likelihood the most from any university in the United States to a single country in the history of the Fulbright program.

When Can I Study Abroad?
German Studies majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, we encourage you to study abroad for an entire academic year. Students must be in contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Office of International Programs by the beginning of their sophomore year. 

Should I Study In A Foreign Language Destination?
Yes! Students who have already met the BC language requirement are strongly encouraged to study abroad in a foreign language destination. Students who already have strong language skills can select a program where they will take all courses in German, such as Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Courses in humanities are offered at the Eichstätt campus, while courses in business are offered at the Ingolstadt campus.

Students who have beginning or intermediate German language skills can select a program that combines regular courses in English with language courses, such as the external program, the Berlin European Studies Program of Freie Universität Berlin (FU-BEST).

What If I Am A CSOM Student?
There are multiple opportunities for CSOM students to pursue a German Studies major or minor abroad. The Ingolstadt campus at Catholic University offers courses in business and management.

What Classes Should I Take Before Studying Abroad?
Early planning is essential ensure that students will meet all BC requirements and that they will have a strong German Studies background for study abroad.

At a minimum, German Studies majors and minors should complete Intermediate German II, or demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level. German Studies majors and minors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.

What Classes Should I Plan To Take Abroad?
Courses that focus on the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

All students studying in Germany should enroll in an early intensive German course prior to the beginning of the semester, as well as a semester-long German language course. In addition, students are free to take courses in any discipline that are taught in German.

To receive major or minor credit for courses taken abroad, students must ensure that the course’s language of instruction is German. For courses not on the pre-approved list, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the departmental contact for course approvals.

What If I Am Planning To Do An Honors Thesis?
An honors thesis is often a crucial step towards a successful Fulbright or DAAD fellowship. Therefore, all students are encouraged to consider the option of writing a thesis. Before going abroad, students can identify an area of interest, or even a topic, and discuss ideas with potential faculty thesis advisors. While abroad, students should stay in touch with BC faculty via email, look for ways to develop a compelling thesis topic, conduct on-site research, and establish contact with faculty at their host institutions. These contacts are one of the most important components of applications for prestigious post-BA awards.


Department Information

Department Contacts

Course Approvals & Department Chair Michael Resler, Professor

Course Approvals & Director of Undergraduate Studies Rachel Freudenburg, Associate Professor  
Course Approvals

Daniel Bowles, Assistant Professor