Minor: German Studies

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • To attain advanced reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in the language studied.
  • To obtain a broad base of knowledge and perspectives on the Classical world, or on French-, German- or Spanish-speaking civilizations, and of their respective cultures—literature, the arts, socio-historical, political and economic structures, etc.—within a variety of interpretive frameworks.
  • To understand and articulate cultural practices and process as dynamic elements in the construction of identity, and to appreciate and encourage cultural diversity in human endeavor.
  • To understand aspects of language and culture in the world as part of all human communication, and within interdisciplinary contexts.
  • To develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, including, but not limited to, textual analysis.

Learning outcomes are aligned with national and state standards on language and cultural understanding, and on national standards for language skill as reflected in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language proficiency guidelines:

Program Requirements

The German Studies minor consists of 18 hours selected from the list of approved courses, of which a minimum of 6 credits must be in German Language and a minimum of 9 credits must be upper-division coursework.  Up to 6 credits may come from classes listed in the Associated Course List, but these courses apply only if the student’s project focuses on a German topic.  A capstone project is also required.  A maximum of six hours may apply to both a German minor and a German Studies minor.

Approved Course Offerings

Foreign Languages and Literatures
German Language:
GERMAN 110Elementary German I3
GERMAN 120Elementary German II3
GERMAN 211Second-Year German I3
GERMAN 221Second-Year German II3
GERMAN 315Intermediate Conversation and Composition I3
GERMAN 325Intermediate Conversation and Composition II3
GERMAN 415Advanced Conversation and Composition I3
HISTORY 436WIComparative Histories of Modern Germany3
Associated Course Offerings
Art History:
ART-HIST 303World Currents of Contemporary Art3
HISTORY 414Reformation3
Musicology (Conservatory):
HISTORY 430RAWorld War One through its Artifacts3
Political Science:
POL-SCI 220Introduction To Comparative Politics3