The German Major

The German major offers the highest level of language and cultural competence.  Students have two options:

  • the German Language and Cultural Studies major (min. 33 credits), which focuses primarily on coursework in German; or
  • the Interdisciplinary German Studies Major (min. 43 credits), which combines coursework in German with coursework on German subject matter in other departments.

Both majors focus on communicative and cultural competence in German, and both are designed to prepare students not only for graduate studies, but also for careers in fields as varied as business, the arts, science and medicine, law, or government. 

 

Requirements for the German Language and Cultural Studies Major (at least 33 credits/11 courses).

 

Prerequisites for the Major

Successful completion of Introductory German Language Sequence equivalent

2 Intermediate Language Courses

Intermediate German two-course sequence (one of the following, 6-10 credits):***

  • GER 0003 and German 0004; or
  • German 201 and 202; or
  • German 203 and 204

1 Writing Course

Writing (GER 1001) or German Business Writing / Professional Purposes I (GER 1003) (3 credits)

1 1000-level Course

One course at the 1000-level (other than the writing course) (3 credits)

1 Course in Literary Analysis

Literary Analysis (GER 1105) (3 credits)

2 1100-level Courses

Two courses at the 1100-level (6 credits)

1 1200-1400-level Course

One 1200-1400-level seminar (3 credits)

2 Advanced Courses

One 1200-1400-level seminar or one 1500-level course in the German department (with trailer or some work in German) or one German studies course in other departments with 1-credit language trailer in German (6 credits)

1 Capstone Experience

One Capstone Seminar (GER 1399), taken fall semester of senior year (3 credits)

 

Requirements for the Interdisciplinary German Studies Major (at least 43 credits/14 courses)

 

Prerequisites for the Major

None

4-5 Course Introductory and Intermediate German Course Sequence

Students must take a minimum of 4 language courses (15-16 credits) and finish the highest level Intermediate German course (GER 004, or GER 204, or GER 202)

1 Required Writing Course

Writing (GER 1001) or German Business Writing / Professional Purposes I (GER 1003) (3 credits)

1 1000-level Course

One course at the 1000-level (3 credits)

1 Course in Literary Analysis

Literary Analysis (GER 1105) (3 credits)

3 Courses at the 1100- through 1400- level

Three additional courses from GER 1100-1499 (not including Writing Courses or Literary Analysis, 9 credits)

Four 1500-level Courses in our outside the German Department

Four courses (12 credits):

  • 1500-level courses in the German department
  • Courses with significant German Studies content in other departments on
    pre-approved list
  • Courses with significant German Studies content (30%) offered in other departments and approved by German department curriculum committee

1 Capstone Experience

Independent Study Project (GER 1990 - 1 credit), supervised by a member of the German department and, if possible, a member of another department

 

Other Requirements and Options (for both German majors): 

  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 is required in each course that counts toward the major.
  • No course that counts toward the major can be taken on an S/NC basis unless the student receives special permission from the major advisor.
  • Twelve credits may be transferred from study abroad programs in German-speaking countries to count toward the total credit requirement for either major.

 

More Information

For further information about the majors, email Viktoria Harms, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at vih16@pitt.edu. Undergraduate applicants are encouraged to apply online through the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.