Major and Minor Requirements

​Note: The information provided below is specific to German Studies. Please refer to the Language and Culture Studies major and minor requirements page for a complete overview.
Students are encouraged to design programs of study that are coherent and meaningful, as well as diverse and innovative.  They have to work closely with the adviser in planning their program.
Major Requirements:
  • Students are required to take a total of eleven credits, seven of which must be earned within the German Studies section of the Department of Language and Culture Studies.  Students counting both introductory German language courses (101 and 102) toward the major must earn a total of twelve credits, eight of which in the German Studies section;

  • Required courses are 201, 202, at least one 200 level course taught in English, 301, 302, and 401 which serves as the senior exercise; students may enroll in a second  200 level course taught in English, German 221, or German 250 in lieu of either 301 or 302;

  • German 200 level course taught in English may be applied toward the major if a substantical proportion of the assignments are completed in German and the student meets regularly with the instructor;

  • The remaining credits shall be earned in other departments with the major adviser’s approval and with no more than two credits chosen from the same department.

  • As an alternative to the credits taken in other departments, students are encouraged to enroll in the Trinity-approved program with Baden-Württemberg (Heidelberg, Tübingen, Freiburg, Konstanz, and other universities) or Trinity-in-Vienna.  Courses taken in Baden-Württemberg or Vienna count toward the major with the condition that their content be relevant to German Studies and approved in advance by the major adviser.  For courses to be approved, they must require a substantial amount of reading and writing in German. 

  • The Writing Intensive Part II requirement in the German Studies major is fulfilled by any German 200 level course taught in English, GRMN 302 German Readings II, or GRMN 401 Senior Seminar: Special Topics.

Honors in German Studies. Students qualifying for honors in the German Studies major must attain a cumulative average of A- or better in all courses required for the major, including 401. The topic for the final project for German 401 will be agreed upon in consultation with the adviser. 

Eligible Courses from other Departments.

  • Examples of acceptable courses for the German Studies major that are taught in other departments or programs are listed below; others may be substituted with the approval of the German Studies adviser;

  • Typically, no more than two courses may be chosen from the same department or program;

  • Students are encouraged to integrate German reading materials into their courses of choice. Monthly meetings with the German Studies adviser will be scheduled to discuss German readings and facilitate student interaction within the major.

Language Across the Curriculum—German Studies majors are encouraged to take advantage of the Language across the Curriculum opportunity and earn an additional 0.5 credit toward the major. In collaboration with a member of the department, students may select supplementary readings in German that complement one or more of the courses below. Enrollment in Language across the Curriculum follows the guidelines for Independent Study registration.
Art History 242. 17th Century Art II: The North
Art History 254. 18th Century Architecture and Decorative Arts
Art History 262. Birth of Modern Style: Realism to Post-Impressionism
Art History 286. 20th Century Architecture
Economics 205. History of Economic Thought
History 336. Modern Jewish History
History 310. Germany
History 322. Golden Age of Capitalism: Europe in the 19th Century
History 323. Europe, 1914-1989
History 365. World War II
History 372. Post-War Europe: From genocide to the struggle for Human Rights
Music 124. The Birth of Modernism
Music 164. Mozart and 18th Century Music (only with Language across the Curriculum component)
Music 166. Beethoven: His Life and Music (only with Language across the Curriculum component)
Music 325. Topics in 19th-Century Music
Philosophy 231. The Holocaust
Philosophy 284. Hume to the End of the 19th Century
Philosophy 286. 20th-Century Continental Philosophy
Philosophy 318. Kant
Philosophy 320. Hegel
Philosophy 325. Nietzsche
Philosophy 328. Freud
Philosophy 333. German Idealism
Philosophy 334. The Frankfurt School
Philosophy 335. Heidegger
Philosophy 385. Phenomenology
Political Science 208. Western European Politics
Political Science 220. History of Political Thought II
Political Science 223. Green Thinking and Politics in Germany
Political Science 327. European Integration
Political Science 338. Liberalism and its Critics
Political Science 339. Contemporary and Post-Modern Thought
Political Science 343. Politics in Post-Industrial States
Political Science 404. Building a New Europe
Religion 223. Major Religious Thinkers of the West I
N.B.: Frequent consultation with the German Studies adviser is necessary with regard to the sequence and cohesion of courses and the amount of work required in German.
Minor in German.  For students who wish to minor in German, this is a sequence of six German courses designed to develop linguistic skills and to give an appreciation of the culture and civilization of German-speaking countries.  In addition, the minor will include either a .5 credit Language Across the Curriculum unit or a .5 credit integrating paper, typically written in conjunction with the last course taken for the minor.  Courses that count toward the German minor are GRMN 101, 102, 201, 202, any course 200 level GRMN taught in English, 301, 302.  No more than one transfer credit may be applied to the minor. 
To declare a minor in German, contact Prof. Johannes Evelein.  Students interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of German culture are referred to the German Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.
In the major, and in the Language Concentration in German, students must demonstrate oral and written proficiency by earning the minimum grade of “B” in German 301. Students with substitute situations (such as foreign study), or those earning a grade below “B” in German 301 will be required to meet the standards by taking the Language Proficiency Exam.