German

The department strives to offer a diversified program capable of accommodating a variety of student interests and professional goals connected with German studies. The aims of the department are:

  1. To give a command of the German language for use in professional and academic life
  2. To acquaint students with the history, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries
  3. To familiarize students with the role these countries and their culture play in the world today.

Lectures, reports, and discussion in courses numbered above 300 will be conducted in German. 

Major in German

 German - Major Field Guide

  • Completion of GERM 212 or its equivalent
  • GERM 300 Introduction to German Studies (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • Twenty-four additional credits numbered above GERM 300
  • At least six of these 28 credits must be literature courses.
  • At least twelve of these 28 credits must be completed at the University of St. Thomas.
  • No more than twelve credits may be in the area of advanced language skills development.
  • Elective courses for the major in German should be selected in consultation with a member of the German faculty. 

Plus:

  • Four credits in European history

For administrative purposes, students will complete assessment measures at the beginning of their major ( in their 300 class) and during their final semester.

Recommended:

Courses in a second foreign language.

The department strongly urges all students planning to major in German to spend some time, usually one semester, studying in a German-speaking country. See a member of the German faculty for information on study-abroad opportunities for St. Thomas students in Germany or Austria.

Minor in German

  • Completion of GERM 212 or its equivalent
  • GERM 300 Introduction to German Studies (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Twelve additional credits numbered above GERM 300
  • At least three of these credits must be a literature course.
  • Elective courses for the minor in German should be selected in consultation with a member of the German faculty.
Course Number Title Credits
GERM  111 Elementary German I 4
GERM  112 Elementary German II 4
GERM  211 Intermediate German I 4
GERM  212 Intermediate German II 4
GERM  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
GERM  297 Topics 4
GERM  298 Topics 4
GERM  300 Intro to German Studies 4
GERM  311 Conversation/Composition 4
GERM  315 Influential Ideas 4
GERM  320 Contemp Germany/Curr Events 4
GERM  341 Highlights of German Lit I 4
GERM  342 Highlights of German Lit II 4
GERM  345 Austria: the Golden Age 4
GERM  350 Genre Studies in German Lit. 4
GERM  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
GERM  401 German Poetry 4
GERM  410 The German Opera 4
GERM  440 Intro to Business German 4
GERM  489 Topics 4
GERM  490 Topics 4
GERM  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4