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 and current media and politics, the German program offers a comprehensive education in what is “typically German” ... or not. While we demand a set of core classes, you have the flexibility to choose from courses in translation or from study abroad, ultimately allowing you to craft the degree you really want. 

The new major consists of 12.5 credit units - 5.5 core credits, two 300-level courses in German, and five electives in German, German in translation, or study abroad. 

The German core includes:

GRMN 203, Texts and Contexts
GRMN 301, Handschrift-Hypertext
GRMN 302, Erinnerungsorte-Places of Memory
GRMN 401, Trans(l)its
GRMN 402, Senior Thesis
GRMN 403, Senior Colloquium (0.5 credits)

Our 300-level German courses cover a wide array of topics, including:

GRMN 311, Krautrock & Die Folgen
GRMN 323, Writing in Dark Times
GRMN 329, Red Vienna between the Wars
GRMN 356, Crime & Detection
GRMN 375, German Literature after 1945
GRMN 379, Decadence

Elective courses may be taken in English or German. Among others, we offer: 

GRMN 150, Water Worlds
GRMN 151, Forest Worlds
GRMN 152, Liquid Histories
GRMN 219, Business German Micro
GRMN 220, Business German Macro
GRMN 237, Berlin
GRMN 239, Sustainability and Utopianism
GRMN 240, Global Sustainabilities
GRMN 242, Fantastic & Uncanny
GRMN 244, Metropolis
GRMN 247, Marx
GRMN 253, Freud
GRMN 257, Fascist Cinemas
GRMN 258, German Cinema
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 745 Williams Hall. A prospective major is invited to seek advice in the departmental office (215-898-8606).

View the German Major and Minor brochure for more information.