German Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)

Students are encouraged to declare their intent to major in German in their sophomore year and to make an advising appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss their academic plans, including options for a study abroad semester or year.

Majors must complete a minimum of nine courses (at least 3 credits each) in German beyond AS.210.262 Intermediate German II.

Majors are required to complete the Advanced German sequence (AS.210.361 Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking World and AS.210.362 Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking World, which counts for 6 credits (2 courses) and is a prerequisite for upper level seminars taught in German. Of the remaining seven courses, majors choose courses designated as 210.3xx (German language); (with POS-TAG GRLL-GERM) and No more than 6 credit hours of translation courses may be used to fulfill major requirements and five of the nine courses for the major must be taken at Hopkins. All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better and may not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

The department strongly advises its majors to gain a knowledge of a second foreign language.

AS.210.361Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking World3
AS.210.362Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking World3
Seven additional German courses 121
Total Credits27

Sample Program of Study

The following 4-year plan presents a sample guideline for students starting with no prior knowledge in German. Beyond the completion of the Advanced German sequence, the selection of courses suggested below is just a suggestion; students are free to choose other courses and vary the sequence as long as they complete the total number of credit hours and do not exceed the maximum number of credits for courses taught in English. Students with prior knowledge in German must take the departmental placement exam before registering for a German class. It is recommended that they discuss specific arrangements for the completion of their requirements with the DUS.

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
German elective taught in English3 
 7 4
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
German elective taught in English3 
 6 3
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 German elective3
 3 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
German elective3German elective3
German elective3German elective3
 6 6
Total Credits 41

Honors in German

The Department of German offers an Honors Program for highly qualified undergraduates. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to qualify for the program. Students will work on a project in German literature and thought under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The program is completed by a senior essay more comprehensive in scope than a seminar paper. Students interested in the honors program should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than the spring semester of their junior year to discuss the requirements and outline the research project to be conducted the following year.