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German Studies B.A.

World Languages & Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 27 to 44
  • Study abroad is strongly encouraged. In-depth study of language and culture in a host country vastly improves language proficiency and intercultural competence.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This major introduces and explores the culture of German-speaking countries, with an emphasis on both cultural history and contemporary issues. The political and social backgrounds of these cultures are seen through literature, the arts, history, and media. As global commerce and communication become the norm, German Studies provides a solid basis for careers from business to law, human services to diplomacy, STEM fields to the arts. Taught in German, this program also offers a solid foundation in the language and the development of intercultural competencies. German majors are encouraged to declare a second major in a complementary field. Honors requirements: Departmental honors will be granted to students according to the following process: Students who achieve a 3.30 GPA in upper division language courses at UMD will be invited by program faculty to submit a portfolio of excellent work done in the language for consideration by faculty in the program. The faculty then will decide if honors are to be awarded based on that portfolio.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1) A second field of study (either a minor, another major or dual degree). 2) Three elective courses (12 credits) applicable to the major must be taken through UMD. 3) Study abroad is encouraged for all students and the department makes every effort to facilitate such experiences. 4) Oral proficiency exam. Note: Students pursuing both the German studies B.A. and the teaching German B.A.A. must satisfactorily complete 12 non-overlapping upper division credits of German electives over and above the requirements for the B.A.A. to receive both degrees.
First Term Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Core (0-16 cr)
Students may be exempted from all or part of the core requirements if they have previously studied German. See the department for placement information. Students who enroll directly in upper-level courses may have the option to receive credit for GER 1201 & 1202.
GER 1101 - Beginning German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1102 - Beginning German II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Electives (23-24 cr)
Most GER 3xxx-4xxx courses apply here. To enroll in these courses a student must have earned a grade of C or better in 1202, or have instructor's permission. With advisor consent, some upper-division German courses may be transferred and/or taken abroad, but at least three courses (12 credits) must be taken through UMD.
Take 23 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GER 3040 - German Culture in Germany - Study Abroad [GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3302 - Advanced Composition and Conversation [COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3401 - Texts and Contexts in German Speaking World [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3403 - Page and Stage: German Theater and Performance [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3407 - Sustainability in German-speaking Cultures [SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 3601 - German Studies I: Knights to Nationalisms [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3602 - German Studies II: From the Rise of the Reich to the Fall of the Wall [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4305 - German Cinema [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4502 - German Modernisms: From Vienna to Berlin [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· Optional Elective (3 cr)
One of the following courses (taught in English) applies to the '23-24 elective credits'. With prior approval from an advisor, selected courses may be taken in another department or program if related to the major.
· ARTH 3361 - Being and Becoming Modern: European Art 1855 - 1955 (3.0 cr)
ARTH 3370 - Dreamworld and Catastrophe: Art and Visual Culture in the Cold War (3.0 cr)
CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I (3.0 cr)
CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II (3.0 cr)
CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations (3.0 cr)
GER 2040 - Berlin: Myth, Legend and Reality [LE CAT, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century (4.0 cr)
HIST 3244 - Holocaust & Genocide in Europe in the 20th Century (4.0 cr)
LANG 2050 - The Digital Humanities: Language as Interface [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
GER 1101 - Beginning German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Communicative course for students with little or no previous study of German. Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Development of intercultural competency. Taught primarily in German. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
GER 1102 - Beginning German II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Communicative course for students with limited previous study of German. Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Development of intercultural competency. Taught primarily in German. prereq: 1-2 years high school German or 1101 or instructor consent
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in four modalities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), set within contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Further development of intercultural competency. Taught in German. prereq: 3-4 years high school German or 1102 or instructor consent
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in four modalities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), set within contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Further development of intercultural competency. Taught in German. prereq: 4 years high school German or 1201 or instructor consent
GER 3040 - German Culture in Germany - Study Abroad (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02246 - FST 3040/GER 3040
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Study of German culture, both contemporary and past as it informs the present, on site in Germany. Conducted entirely in German, and all language skills will be inculcated and improved. Format will include seminar, discussions, field trips, and small group projects. pre-req: instructor consent & completion of GER 1202 or higher; also visit the UMD Study Abroad office
GER 3302 - Advanced Composition and Conversation (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Refines students' skills in oral and written expression within cultural context. Further emphasis on formal oral and aural communication skills: vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; advanced grammar. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 3401 - Texts and Contexts in German Speaking World (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Techniques and tools for understanding and writing about German poetry, fiction, and drama both as literary texts and as cultural testimony. Emphasis on class discussion and writing. Taught in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 3403 - Page and Stage: German Theater and Performance (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic theories of drama and performance, survey of major German dramatists and current stage practices in Germany. Emphasis on class discussion and interpretive reading in German, with critical essays in German. Taught in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 3407 - Sustainability in German-speaking Cultures (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course offers the opportunity to learn about the discourses and cultures of sustainability in German-speaking countries. In this course you will be able to study several examples of successful sustainable development. Successful development in German-speaking countries has been possible due to several factors, including the coordination of economic strategies, grass roots community-based support, and dexterity in governmental organization. While the conditions of these successes are still being studied, this course engages students by exploring lessons learned from German-speaking countries and their approaches to sustainability. The answers to the questions we ask in this course will contribute to the discourse on sustainable development for years to come. You will also have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with relevant vocabulary and communication strategies, learn how policymaking in German-speaking countries balances the interests of several stakeholders, and reflect on the larger cultural background of valuable sustainable practices. (Taught in German.) pre-req: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 3591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: instructor consent
GER 3601 - German Studies I: Knights to Nationalisms (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduces students to Germanic history, culture and literature from third century until 1848. Taught in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or instructor consent
GER 3602 - German Studies II: From the Rise of the Reich to the Fall of the Wall (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduces students to the methods of German Studies, as well as to Germanic history, culture, and literature from the mid-19th to the 21st century. Topics may include: Germany as a nation state; National Socialist rise to power; the Weimar Republic; body culture; exile(s) and exile literature; the city as metropolis; women’s movements and women‘s rights; mass culture; the industrial revolution; education and education reforms; (N)Ostalgia, Wendeliteratur; terrorism; the establishment and influence of green party politics. Taught in German. pre-req: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent.
GER 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Various topics in the language history and structure, literature, and culture of the German-speaking countries. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of German written and visual texts and exploration of women's oppression within repressive political systems as well as Western democracies; women's exploration of their selves; and the question of whether there is a "female writing". Conducted in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4305 - German Cinema (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the history of German cinema and to film analysis with a focus on the relationship among German film, history, literature, culture, and politics. The course will examine representative works from various cinematic periods. Taught in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Civilization, culture, and politics of Germany and German-speaking countries since 1945. Research term paper in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4502 - German Modernisms: From Vienna to Berlin (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Focuses on the literature and culture of the two major centers in German modernisms: fin de sicle Vienna and Weimar Berlin. Both cities were the site of intellectual and aesthetic upheavals that challenged traditional notions of the subject, representation, class, gender, and technology. Examines major thinkers, writers, artists, and movements in German speaking areas between 1890 and 1933. Taught in German. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: instructor consent
ARTH 3361 - Being and Becoming Modern: European Art 1855 - 1955
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This seminar traces a history of art practice from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century across the European continent. It follows key movements and figures of modern art, while emphasizing the social, political, and philosophical events that inform them. Beginning with Realism, and ending at the beginning of the Cold War, this course is bracketed by important questions pertaining to the role of the artist in reflecting upon, critiquing, and influencing national and global culture, writ large. Throughout the term we will also look beyond the limited scope of the fine arts canon to the larger visual cultures that inform and disrupt its boundaries. The exact content of the seminar, including its time period, may vary annually.
ARTH 3370 - Dreamworld and Catastrophe: Art and Visual Culture in the Cold War
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The Cold War marked a period of nearly five-decades of intense ideological, political, and economic division, which impacted all areas of the glove. This course examines art and visual culture across the period's two major world powers to demonstrate both fundamental discords as well as shared preoccupations. More than a study of the traditional geographies of the capitalist West and the communist East, this course offers insight into how the Cold War's globalization reached all ares of the glove, from the African continent to Latin America to Southeast Asia. A particular emphasis will be placed on experimental forms of culture, particularly in the late Cold War era.
CUE 3001 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This first of the two entrepreneurship courses creates an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of an early stage creative startup. The class is designed to give students the experience of how to "search" for business models in the culture and creative industries. Students will use design and discovery thinking, combined with ideation and customer discovery to develop a business model and also a feasibility plan for the delivery of a cultural product or service. The business model can be for a for-profit enterprise or a non-profit organization, but in either case the same feasibility criteria would apply, i.e. the solution should generate financial returns and create cultural value through the preservation and/or revitalization of culture. prereq: minimum 60 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent
CUE 3002 - Foundations of Cultural Entrepreneurship II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This second entrepreneurship course creates an entrepreneurial experience for students with typical pressures and demands of an early stage startup. The course is about Living the Entrepreneurial Experience. It is about being in action while advancing the cultural enterprise idea from feasibility study to testing the minimum viable product. Key elements of the process involve ongoing research, conducting rapid test cycles, while engaging prospective customers, experts, stakeholders, suppliers, business partners, collaborators, and financiers. Students will develop plans to test assumptions, execute the plans and make decisions pertaining to products and services. The semester ends with a minimum viable product or service. Through action and reflection students will develop the competency to think and act entrepreneurially in order to advance the development of their cultural enterprises. prereq: CUE 3001 or MGTS 4422 or instructor consent
CUE 4002 - Managing Cultural Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to play a leadership role in a cultural organization. Using case methodology students will know theories, methods, and practices for managing cultural organizations, gain the skills to participate strategically in the governance of such organizations and be able to design and assess the effectiveness of governance models, volunteer programs, organizational capacity, and inter-organizational relationships. Students will also know the legal requirements affecting cultural organizations and approaches to finance the programming and operations. prereq: minimum 60 credits or instructor consent, no grad credit
GER 2040 - Berlin: Myth, Legend and Reality (LE CAT, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Analysis of Berlin from the turn of the 20th century to today, through films, music, texts and essays. The importance of Berlin in German and European historical, political and social developments. Taught in English.
HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course focuses on the turbulent history of Europe in the 20th century, particularly the causes, development, and consequences of the First and Second World Wars. It will explore the world wars as global phenomena and consider the ways in which these events have shaped contemporary geopolitics and the international world order. The course will address the political, military, cultural, economic and social transformations that characterized this period and influence our society today.
HIST 3244 - Holocaust & Genocide in Europe in the 20th Century
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
The murder of six million Jews as well as hundreds of thousands of other innocent civilians by the Nazi regime during World War II remains one of the most horrific massacres in human history. This course will examine the circumstances and causes that led to the Holocaust, the mechanisms through which the genocide was carried out, and the consequences and responses to the Holocaust. We will consider the perspectives of victims, bystanders, perpetrators, collaborators and resisters, as well as the meanings of these categories themselves. Moreover, this course frames the Holocaust within the broader history of ethnic cleansing and genocide, posing important questions about modernity and threats faced by minority populations in our world today.
LANG 2050 - The Digital Humanities: Language as Interface (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course explores the use of digital technology in Humanities. To do so, we examine the impact digital technology has on the study of human culture in the language-centered disciplines. These disciplines, because they are often comparative, embrace the difficulties that come with translation and other forms of communication over distance. This course explores the status of language as interface in the increasingly complex media landscape still emerging today. By focusing on language as interface and by focusing on the intersection of Comparative Literacy Studies and the Digital Humanities, this course provides students with the skills they will need to best make use of digital technology as an instrument of the study of human culture. Taught in English.
LING 1811 - Introduction to Linguistics (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Provides an introduction to a theoretical study of the nature of natural language, using examples primarily from present-day English. Students are expected to learn analytical skills to understand how human languages (and the human mind) work and how the sub-components (sounds, words, sentences and meaning) of natural languages are systematically organized.
POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Comparative analysis of development and operation of political-governmental institutions and processes in selected Western European countries: political and ideological patterns and trends; problems of democratic politics; policy issues in advanced industrial societies; and the future of the "welfare state." prereq: 30 earned or in-progress credits or instructor consent