German Studies Major | German Studies Minor
General Distribution Requirement
All courses in the German Studies department count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities, except for elementary and intermediate language courses.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
Policy on German Language Grades
In order to be accepted into the next higher German language course in the sequence, a student must have received a grade of C– or higher in the previous course. For additional information regarding the language requirement, see the college requirements.
The German Studies department participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations for the German studies department are available either from the department office or the Director of Academic Programs.
GERM 194, GERM 294, GERM 394, GERM 494
Recent courses: Existentialism; Modernism/Postmodernism; Exile Literature; Literary Case Studies from Goethe to Kafka, Movies of the Third Reich, Film Theory: From Goebbels to Hollywood, and Critical Theory. Many of these courses fulfill the critical theory requirement. May be taught in English or in German. Offered every year. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)
The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.
German Studies Major
A departmental major in German Studies consists of:
- 32 semester credits in German Studies above Intermediate German II, to include: GERM 308; at least two of the following:
German Studies GERM 363, GERM 364, GERM 365, and GERM 366; and GERM 488 as the senior capstone experience.
- 8 semester credits in or outside the German Studies department, which must include:
- One course providing an introduction to critical theory and approved by the department. GERM 327 - Darwin/Nietzsche/Freud or GERM 337 - Dead White Men fulfill this requirement. Possible courses outside the department include: MCST 110 or MCST 376, ENGL 205 or ENGL 404, INTL 110, POLI 160, POLI 260 or POLI 261, PHIL 231 or PHIL 367, PHIL 238/PHIL 238, RELI 235, THDA 194 (topics course), WGSS 300 or WGSS 400. Topics courses in critical theory taught in Media and Cultural Studies or in the German Department count subject to approval of department.
- One other course with significant German content. Possible courses include: ART 259, ART 263, ECON 225, ECON 227, ECON 325, GEOG 261, HIST 110, HIST 258, HIST 364, MUSI 342, MUSI 343, POLI 241, POLI 260, or RELI 248, RELI 346.
- Participation in the Macalester German Study Abroad program.
German Studies Minor
A minor in German Studies consists of five college-level courses beyond Intermediate German II (GERM 204), to include GERM 305, GERM 308 or GERM 309, and at least one more course taught in German numbered GERM 360 or above.