Major in German

Students majoring in German take 14 courses in the department or abroad (you may count up to 8 courses from a year abroad towards your German major and 4 courses from a semester abroad).

Worksheet for Major in German

Prerequisites

102-3 or equivalent proficiency

Department Courses (12 units)

  • 8 core courses
    • 4 German-language courses in advanced language and media
      • 2 at the 200 level (German 201, 203, 205, 207, or 209)
      • 2 at the 300 level (German 303, 305, 307, or 309)
    • 4 German-language courses in literature, culture, history, and politics
      • 2 at the 200 level (German 211, 221, 223, 225, 227, or 245)
      • 2 at the 300 level (German 311, 321, 323, 325, 327, 329, 331, 333, 335, 337, or 345)
  • 4 courses in an individual concentration around a specific topic
    • Approved by the adviser
    • At most 2 taught in English
    • At most 3 in a complementary language, such as Yiddish, Turkish, or Czech
  • Courses listed as prerequisites for an advanced course may not be taken for credit after the advanced course has been completed.
  • Majors returning from a study abroad program must enroll in at least 1 300-level course in the department.

Related Courses (2 units)

  • Chosen from history, philosophy, religion, or other relevant areas
  • Must be approved by the adviser and complement the topics of the individual concentration

Students completing a German Major with a concentration in Business Studies or a minor in Business German have a chance to take one or both of the internationally recognized Business German Examinations offered through Northwestern University. For more information on these exams, consult the section on Business German.