German Studies majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. A course in German (GER), based on the placement exam)
  2. A course of your own choosing
  3. A course of your own choosing

1 st Semester Courses

If you are interested in the German Studies major, the first step is to take the language proficiency exam so that you can be placed in the language or culture course that best meets your current proficiency level. Information about the placement test can be found here:

Once you have taken the test, you will receive an email notifying you about the language/culture course you should take. Your major adviser will be in touch with you about other course choices, such as electives, courses in a potential minor or a second major.

As a German Studies major, you will be required to complete two courses on the 200-level (GER 203 and GER 204). If you test at the 200-level, you will begin your course work in one of these two courses. If you test at a lower level, you will be placed in GER 103 or GER 104. In this case, you should try to already enroll in a culture or literature course offered in English, such as GER 230: Grimms’ Fairy Tales or GER 260: 100 Years of German Film. If you place above GER 204, you can enroll in literature and culture courses taught in German at the 300-level. You should discuss your options with your major advisor.

If you are majoring in German Studies, you may want to consider EURO 202/POL 202, which is one of the gateway courses for the Certificate in European Studies. More information about the program can be found here: If you are combining your German degree with another major or minor, you should make sure to take the first required course for that program. Your undergraduate advisor will be able to help you with these choices.

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