Requirements for the major in German include: 

  • A minimum of 44 quarter hours of approved courses beyond the elementary level (GERM 1003) 
  • Four of the 44 quarter hours must be from GERM 1416 
  • No fewer than eight of the 44 quarter hours must be from 3000-level courses 

Students may count one additional course in English on German culture, history or literature toward the major, but should seek prior approval from a German faculty member. 

While not required, students who major in German are encouraged to study abroad in Germany. Majors who choose to study abroad are strongly encouraged to enroll in a German course upon their return. 


GERM 1416: German Civilization, taught in English, ought to be taken as early as possible. This course serves as a foundation for further studies, providing a thorough overview of Germany's (intellectual) history from the late 18th century to today. 

Students who have completed the intermediate sequence (GERM 2001, 2002 and 2003) are advised to continue their studies with the following "bridge" courses before enrolling in upper-level seminars: 

  • GERM 2100: Conversation and Composition 
  • GERM 2350: German Film 

For in depth information on the requirements for German majors, visit the DU undergraduate bulletin.