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German Studies Major

Requirements for a major in German Studies are 32 semester credit hours which includes:

German Core Courses (20 Hours)

Course Title Hours
Major Requirements   
GERM341 Contemporary German Culture and Mores  4
GERM342 Contemporary German Culture: Politics, Economics, and Current Events  4
Study Abroad
Option 1:
GERM343 German Cultural Identity from Charlemagne to the Berlin Republic (Summer Wheaton in Germany program)  4
GERM496 Internship (afterwards)  2-4 
Option 2: (equivalent semester study abroad program)
GERM338 Advanced German in Germany 4
GERM489 Special Topics 2-4
Select One
Topics in German LIterature (two different versions)

Topics in German Language and Cultural Studies

Senior Capstone Experience
GERM494 Senior Seminar (Section 1 or 2)  4
Elective Courses
ART353 Renaissance and Reformation Art  4
ART471 Studies in Art History  4
BEC331 International Business  4
BITH372 Historical Theology  4
BITH485 Martin Luther  4
BITH488 Karl Barth  4
ENGL434 Modern Literary Theory  4
ENGL435  History of Literary Criticism  4
HIST345 Medieval Europe to 1300  4
HIST346  Renaissance Europe (1300-1600)  4
HIST348  Revolutionary Europe (1789-1870)  4
HIST349  Origins of Contemporary Europe (1870-1950)  4
HIST374  Nazi Germany  4
IR356  European Politics  4
IR361 Post-communist Politics  4
PHIL312 History of Philosophy: Modern & Contemporary  4
Historical Seminar (readings in German)

German Historical Seminar

Historical Seminar (readings in German)

German Historical Seminar

PHIL497  Independent Study in German Philosophy  4 
  Total Credits  32
Secondary Education Required Course
GERM371 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language  4

Study Abroad

A period of study abroad in a German-speaking country is required either through participation in the eight-week long Wheaton in Germany program (GERM 343; GERM 496 Internship) 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 in consultation with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Global Programs and Studies (GPS) 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 Studies major, or (upon approval) to both.

Nota Bene

Students anticipating semester-length study abroad should consult with their advisor as early as possible to select the most suitable program for their interests. All programs must be accredited by a U.S. four-year college or university, or by the International Accreditation Association of Colleges and Universities.

German Minor Requirements

Students must complete 20 hours including GERM 341, 342 (required); 8 credit-hours from the following: GERM 343 (Wheaton in Germany), GERM 351 and GERM 361; and 4 credit-hours of upper-division GERM courses or 4 credit-hours from the German Studies elective courses listed above. (N.B. Participation in  Wheaton in Germany is highly recommended.)