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For complete information on courses please reference the college catalog.

German Major:

Requirements for a major in German are 32 hours in German language, literature, film, and culture courses which include: GERM 341, 342, and 343 (summer Wheaton in Germany program) plus two other GERM 300-level topics courses: either two different versions of GERM 351 or two different versions of GERM 361; or one GERM 351 and one GERM 361; GERM 431 or 432 (or 489 – offered only in Germany), GERM 496 internship, and either GERM 494-1 or 494-2 (Senior Capstone).

German Courses 

Course Title Hours
341 Contemporary German Culture 1  4
342 Contemporary German Culture 2
 4
343*

German Cultural Identity from Charlemagne to the Berlin Republic

(*taught on-site in Munich and Berlin during Wheaton in Germany)

 4

Select two 300-level topics courses from the following combinations: either two different versions of GERM 351, two different versions of GERM 361 or one GERM 351 and one GERM 361 course.

N.B. Secondary Education majors in German will take a GERM 371 and one other 300-level topics course to satisfy these eight hours.

300-level topics courses


351- Topics in German Literature

361- Culture and Communication (varied subjects)

 8

Select one, four-hour, 400-level course

400-level topics courses

 431- Other Germans: Turkish and Minority Experience

432- The Holocaust and Contemporary Jewish Experience

*489- Special Topics (*offered only in Germany)
 4
 496 Internship in Berlin (arranged in conjunction with Wheaton in Germany)
 4
494-1
    or
494-2
Senior Capstone Seminar
 4

Study Abroad:

A period of study abroad in a German-speaking country is required either through participation in the month-long Wheaton in Germany program (GERM 343) followed by a four-week internship in Berlin (GERM 496) or by completing an equivalent semester abroad program (at least 8 hours of which must be taken in German) with an accredited academic institution in either Germany, Austria, or Switzerland to be arranged and approved through the Global and Experiential Learning (GEL) Division at Wheaton. (N.B. For students choosing the semester abroad option an accompanying internship is also recommended.) Credits earned during a semester of study abroad may be applied either to a second major (with the approval of that major department), to the German major, or (upon approval) to both.

German Secondary Education (required courses include):

GERM 341, 342, 343 (summer Wheaton in Germany program; either GERM 351 or 361; GERM 371; 431 or 432 (or 489 – offered only in Germany); GERM 496 internship, and either 494-1 or 494-2 (Senior Capstone). While a full semester in a German-speaking country is highly recommended, the study abroad requirement for majors with a secondary education focus will be considered met via the summer Wheaton in Germany program (GERM 343) followed by a four-week internship in Berlin (GERM 496) as noted above. Students must also achieve at least an ‘Intermediate-High’ rating on an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) taken upon returning from their study abroad experience or as recommended by advisor. Please consult the Education Department for a list of Education courses and general education courses required for teaching licensure.

German Minor:

Students must complete 20 hours (i.e. five, four-hour courses including GERM 341, 342, 343 (summer Wheaton in Germany program), either 351 or 361, and one, 400-level course of their choice form the courses listed above. (N.B. German 431 and 432 are highly recommended. Completion of the GERM 496 internship also satisfies the 4oo-level course requirement for the German minor.)

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