Degree Requirements and Advising

The undergraduate program provides the opportunity to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German and to learn about the language, literature, and culture of the German-speaking regions of the world. Courses in Yiddish language, literature, and culture are also offered.
Students who major or minor in Germanic Studies may use their training in a variety of occupations, including teaching, translation, international marketing, banking and commerce, diplomatic service, and journalism.

Our Majors:

Our Minors:


All incoming and continuing majors and minors (except those pursuing a BA in the Teaching of German) must schedule an advising session with the academic advisor for the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics at

Director of Undergraduate Studies

For further information regarding the major or minor in Germanic Studies or the specific content of courses, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Professor Patrick Fortmann
1514 University Hall

Download Gen-Ed Form

Certain Gen-Ed courses offered by the Department can count toward the Major/Minor in Germanic Studies. Download the certification form here and make arrangements with your instructor at the beginning of the semester.

German 300: Writing in the Discipline

German 300 is a 1-credit course that satisfies university Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement for the Germanic Studies major. It is to be completed toward the end of the degree, but before the student's final semester. GER 300 functions in tandem with a Germanic Studies course at the level of 215 or above, taught by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member. Read the requirements here and make arrangements with your professor at the beginning of the semester.