Thirty advanced credits (10 courses) in all, made up of:
The major in German allows students to choose from one of three possible tracks or
areas of primary focus related to German and German studies. The three focus areas
are: 1) German Literature, 2) German Linguistics (Historical, Applied, and Synchronic),
and 3) German Intellectual History (Geistesgeschichte). The German concentration (Four
courses beyond the core) consists of a skills course and then at least one course
in each of these diverse areas. The German major has a group of "core" courses, which
is identical to the concentration plus one course (5 courses beyond the University's
core language requirement). Upon completion of the "German core" students then have
the option of pursuing one of the three areas as a primary focus.
- German Literature: Offers the Literary Tradition sequence as well as other literature-based courses in
the German language.
- German Linguistics: Offers course work in the three main areas of foreign language linguistics. These
courses offer a meta-discussion of language in the theoretical framework of the field
as it currently is practiced in the US.
- German Cultural History: Offers a focus on broader areas of German culture and the history of ideas within
German culture. This area of study seeks to define a German cultural context for ideas
and events in History, Philosophy, Religion, Music, Art, and the social sciences.
This track, interdisciplinary in nature, incorporates courses offered in other departments,
giving students maximum flexibility in defining an area of concentration.