Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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German Academics

Bachelor of Arts in German

The requirement for the B.A in German is 30 credits (excluding GER 101 and 102). If you have no prior knowledge of German, your first course is German 101. If you have taken German before and are not sure at what level to begin your study, contact Dr. Norbert Hedderich, German Section Chair (, 401-874-4710).

See Curriculum Sheets for the B.A. in German  |  Course Descriptions

Typically students take the following sequence of courses:

  • GER 101: Beginning German I, and GER 102: Beginning German II
  • GER 103: Intermediate German I, and GER 104: Intermediate German II. The optional 1-credit conversation courses GER 105 and GER 106 are recommended at this level.
  • GER 205: Conversation and composition I, and GER 206: Conversation and composition II. The optional 1-credit conversation courses GER 201 and GER 202 are recommended at this level.
  • GER 305 or GER 306: Advanced Conversation/ Composition
  • GER 327: Introduction to German Studies and Literature, GER 328: Introduction to German Cultural History and Literature.
  • After completion of one course at the 300 level, students are eligible to take 400 level courses: GER 485, GER 486: Special Studies (topics change every semester), GER 408: The German Language Past and Present, GER 421: Business German.

At any point during their undergraduate studies, students can accelerate their path to proficiency in German (and to meeting the graduation requirements) by taking summer courses in the Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik.

Minor in German

The requirement for a minor is 18 credits, 12 of which must be at the 200-level or above.

Double Major and Dual Degree Programs

We encourage all German majors to consider minoring or majoring in another field. Students may combine German with any other course of study offered at the University, such as another liberal arts field, one of the sciences, business, or engineering.

The International Business Program (IBP) offers a dual degree in Business and German with a study abroad semester at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg and the option to do an internship in Germany. For more information, contact Dr. Sigrid Berka

The German International Engineering Program (IEP) is the largest dual degree program at the University. In this five-year program, students combine their chosen engineering field with the study of German, earning a full B.A. degree in German. Students complete a six-month professional internship in Germany during their fourth year. For more information visit the International Engineering Program (IEP) website.

See the Learning outcomes for German majors

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