Major Program in Germanic Studies

The program for the B.A. degree in Germanic Studies is intended to provide students with a wide ranging and highly personalized introduction to the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and to various methods of approaching and examining these areas. It is designed to be complemented by other areas of study (e.g., anthropology, art history, comparative literature, economics, film studies, history, philosophy, political science, sociology).

Program Requirements

Students majoring in Germanic Studies typically register for six German language courses at the second-year level and above, plus six courses in German literature and culture, including two literature or culture courses taken in German. Students must also prepare a B.A. paper (GRMN 29900). With prior approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students may count up to three relevant German-oriented courses from other departments in the humanities or social sciences toward the requirements of the major in Germanic Studies. 

Students must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss a plan of study as soon as they declare their major. Students must have their programs approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the end of their third year. Students may satisfy the required language courses for the major through placement or accreditation examinations.

Students majoring in Germanic Studies must receive a quality grade in all courses taken to meet requirements in the major. Non-majors have the option of taking courses on a P/F basis (except for language courses, which must be taken for quality grades). 

Honors are reserved for those graduating seniors who achieve overall excellence in grades for courses in the College and within the major, and complete a B.A. paper that shows proof of original research or criticism. Students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for College work and a GPA of at least 3.5 in classes within the major, and whose B.A. paper (GRMN 29900) is judged superior by two readers, will be recommended to the Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division for honors. 

It is recommended that all students majoring in Germanic Studies complete the College's Advanced Language Proficiency Certificate in German as documentation of advanced functional ability in German in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students are eligible to take the examinations that result in the awarding of this certificate after they have completed courses beyond the second year of language study and subsequently have spent a minimum of one quarter abroad in an approved program (see Study Abroad); FLAG students are also eligible. For more information, see the College's Advanced Foreign Language Proficiency Certificate.

B.A. Paper

The B.A. paper typically is a research paper of a minimum of twenty-five pages. While the paper may be written in either English or German, it must include a bibliography that makes ample use of German-language sources. Students must submit a proposal for their B.A. paper to their faculty adviser by the beginning of the eighth week of Autumn Quarter in their senior year. A first draft of the paper is due on the first day of Spring Quarter and the completed paper must be submitted by the beginning of the sixth week of Spring Quarter. Registration for GRMN 29900 (B.A. Paper) is required but not counted toward the twelve-course major. 

Germanic Studies will accept a paper or project used to meet the B.A. requirement in another major, under the condition that original German sources are used. Students should consult with both chairs by the earliest B.A. proposal deadline (or by the end of their third year, when neither program publishes a deadline). A consent form, to be signed by both chairs, is available from the College adviser. It must be completed and returned to the College adviser by the end of Autumn Quarter of the student's year of graduation.

Germanic Studies Major: Summary of Requirements

3 language courses of second-year German (GRMN 20100, 20200, 20300). 
     Credit may be granted by examination. 
3 language courses of third-year German (GRMN 21101, 21201, 21301)
2 literature or culture courses taken in German. 
4 courses in German literature and culture (three may be courses in other departments and/or Languages Across Chicago courses)

B.A. Paper (GRMN 29900)
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12 courses total