Department of Germanic Languages
414 Hamilton Hall, Mail Code 2812
1130 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027
For a Major in German Literature and Cultural History
Program of study: 30 points distributed as follows. Required courses:
- GERM V3001 (Advanced I) or V3002 (Advanced II);
- GERM W3333 (Introduction to German Literature);
- any two of the period survey courses in German literature and culture, GERM W3442 (18th-Century), W3443 (19th-Century), W3444 (1900 to 1945), W3445 (1945 to present); at least one of these must focus on pre-20th-century cultural history;
- one course in German intellectual history;
- the senior seminar GERM C3991 is required of all majors in their senior year, but may also be taken as a seminar by juniors;
- the remaining courses to be chosen from the 3000- or 4000-level offerings in German and Comparative Literature-German.
a senior thesis is not required for the major. Students interested in a senior thesis or research
project may do so through independent study with a faculty member over one or two semesters.
Competence in a second foreign language is strongly recommended, especially for those students
planning to attend graduate school.
For a Concentration in German Literature and Cultural History
Program of study: 21 points in German courses numbered V3001 and above, including the senior seminar GERM C3991,
which may be taken in the junior or senior year.
For Fulfillment of the Language Requirement
The German language requirement may be satisfied in one of the following ways:
- satisfactory completion of the German language sequence V1101-1102 (or V1125) and V1201-1202 (or V1225);
- demonstration of an intermediate II (V1202) competence through a score of 4 or 5 on the AP German exam. (Students with a score of 4 may be exempted from German; a score of 5 can be converted into 3 credit points upon successful completion of a 3000-level German course);
- demonstration of an intermediate II (V1202) competence through the Department's placement exam;
- successful completion of a 3000-level German course that requires V1202 or equivalent as a prerequisite. This course must be taken for a letter grade
- students whose native language is German are not required to take an additional foreign language or an achievement test if they have completed the secondary school requirement in German.
It is highly recommended that all entering students with previous coursework in German take the departmental language placement test.