The German Major


The German major and minor programs provide deep understanding of the language and culture of the German-speaking countries. Building from basic language competency to synthesizing significant literary works, historical context, current media and politics, and issues in environmental humanities the German program offers a comprehensive education preparing students to critically face today's global challenges and issues. While a set of core classes are required, you have the flexibility to choose from courses in translation or from study abroad, ultimately allowing you to design the degree you really want. 

The major consists of 12 credit units - 4 core credits and eight electives in German, German in translation, or study abroad. 

The core courses taught in German are:

GRMN 203, Texts and Contexts
GRMN 301, Handschrift-Hypertext
GRMN 302, Erinnerungsorte-Places of Memory
GRMN 401, Trans(l)its

Elective courses may be taken in German

GRMN 402, Senior Thesis (independent study)


GRMN 219, Business German Micro
GRMN 220, Business German Macro

Literary Studies

GRMN 312, German Environmentalism
GRMN 323, Writing in Dark Times
GRMN 356, Crime & Detection
GRMN 365, Kafka's Creatures
GRMN 375, German Literature after 1945
GRMN 379, Decadence

Elective courses may be taken in English

Environmental Humanities:

GRMN 150, Water Worlds
GRMN 151, Forest Worlds
GRMN 152, Liquid Histories
GRMN 239, Sustainability and Utopianism
GRMN 240, Global Sustainabilities


GRMN 236, Witnessing the Holocaust
GRMN 237, Berlin: History, Politics, Culture


GRMN 242, Fantastic & Uncanny
GRMN 253, Freud
GRMN 254, Freud's Objects

Media Studies

GRMN 257, Fascist Cinemas
GRMN 258, German Cinema


GRMN 247, Marx
GRMN 248, Nietzsche's Modernity


GRMN 264, Translating Cultures


Course availability changes each semester.

You may apply up to five credit units for the major and three for the minor from an approved study abroad program in Germany - namely the Berlin Consortium for German Studies*. Options are available for full-year or spring semester.

*Students in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business have the option of direct-enrollment study at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.

The student's course of study must be set up in consultation with the undergraduate chair in 714 Williams Hall. A prospective major is invited to seek advice in the departmental office (215-898-8606).