Our department offers a variety of options for those wishing to major in German, and we offer a Scandinavian studies major as well. Interested in becoming a teacher? Get a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Teaching of German. Can't decide whether to major in German or something else? Do a double major, or, if you're not in the College of LAS, a double degree. If you can't fit in German as a major, then consider getting a minor in German. See links below for specific requirements, and/or contact the undergraduate advisor for more information.
Bachelor of Arts Degree
German and Commercial Studies Option:
Designed to provide students with an understanding of the language and customs of the business world in German-speaking countries, together with study of international affairs and commerce, especially trade with Europe.
- Thirty-one hours in German (beyond the 100-level), including 205, 211, 212, 320, 321, 331, 401, 403, 420, and 465.
- Twenty hours of supporting course work. These supporting courses are usually selected from business administration, finance, economics, accountancy.
Language and Literature:
Designed as a traditional study of German, providing students with a balanced knowledge of German language, literature, and civilization.
- Minimum of thirty-one hours of German courses (beyond the 100-level), including 201 OR GER 205 - Germany and Europe OR SCAN 251 - Viking Mythology, 211, 212, 331, 332, 401, 420, 465, 470 or 471, 472 or 473 or 474.
- Twenty hours of supporting course work outside of German language and literature selected in consultation with an advisor (e.g., French, English etc.).
Designed to acquaint students with the structure and development of Germanic languages.
- Thirty-one hours in German (beyond the 100-level), including SCAN 251, GER 211, 212, 331, 332, 401, 420, 465, 470 or 471, 472 or 473 or 474.
- 20 hours of supporting coursework outside German, including, SCAN 101, SCAN 102, LING 400, ENGL 403
Modern German Studies:
Designed to provide students an understanding of present-day civilization and culture in German-speaking countries of Central Europe. (Most of the courses in this option can be completed abroad during enrollment in the Department's Austria-Illinois Exchange Program or other approved study abroad programs.)
- Thirty-one hours in German (beyond the 100-level), including 201, 211, 212, 331, 332, 401, 420, 465, and two of the following: 471, 472, 473, 474.
- Twenty hours of supporting course outside of German language and literature selected in consultation with an advisor (e.g., history, political science).
Information about the requirements for the Scandinavian Studies Concentration and for the Minor in Scandinavian Studies can be found on the Scandinavian programs of study page.
For All Options:
- Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.
- All foreign language requirements must be satisfied.
- A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor.
Undergraduate Departmental Distinction (Honors)
Majors in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures are urged to consult the departmental undergraduate advisor by the second semester of their junior year for information pertaining to senior honors work and honors awards in the department. Majors whose university grade point average is 3.5 or higher should enroll in German 491, " Honors Senior Thesis," for a total of four hours of credit in their last year of study. These hours are not to be included in the total number of hours necessary for fulfilling the minimum departmental major requirements. Students may be awarded departmental distinction if the prescribed honors work is successfully completed. This can be done for "Highest Distinction" by students with at least a 3.67 university average and a 4.0 average in departmental courses who write a thesis of superior quality; for "High Distinction" by students with at least a 3.5 university average and a 3.67 average in departmental courses who write a distinguished thesis; or for "Distinction" by students with at least a 3.3 university average and a 3.5 average in departmental courses who write a paper of merit. Final determination of the merit of the thesis will be made by a committee of three faculty members appointed for each student.
Second Majors or Second Degrees with German
To enhance their education and increase their chances for future employment many students have double majors. There virtually is no limit on subjects you can combine with German: another foreign language, history, political science, business administration, economics, finance, and even engineering. If you combine two subjects within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for a double major, such as German and History, the total number of hours required for graduation will be the same as for a single major (120 hours minimum). A double major normally will not prolong studies beyond the customary four years. If you combine a major in German with a major in another college, for example, German with Accountancy in the College of Commerce and Business Administration, or German and Electrical Engineering, which is in the College of Engineering, at least 150 hours must be fulfilled, although there will be some overlap. This double degree program is likely to prolong your studies by a semester or even a year. Consult with the department's undergraduate advisor for more details.
The concentration in Business German trains students in different aspects of the German business world and the German economy within the European context. Courses familiarize students with some of the essential vocabulary of German business language as it is used in basic operations in retail/wholesale, export/import, and banking transactions. Topics covered include:
- Job Applications
- Aspects of the European Union
- Stock Market
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Certificate Program Global Business Culture with Area Specialization.
For additional information, see our Business German page
5-Year BA/MA Degree Program
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers a 5-year BA/MA degree program in German. In order to be admitted to this degree program, students can apply during their second or third year of studies. Requirements for this degree program are identical to those for the BA and the MA in German. In order to be admitted to the 5-year BA/MA during their second year, students will need to be in good academic standing and will have to have finished GER 211 and GER 331, need to have a general GPA of 3.0 and a German GPA of 3.0, and be required to write a short essay in German.
In order to apply for the 5-year BA/MA during their third year, students will have to have finished GER 401 and GER 420, and also have a general GPA of 3.0 and a German GPA of 3.0, and also be required to write a short essay in German. The department will continue to monitor the GPAs of students admitted into the BA/MA program into their third and fourth years and before formal admission to the Graduate College. The decision about students' admission to the 5-year BA/MA in German will be made by the graduate admissions committee in conjunction with the undergraduate and graduate advisors of the department. The Department will consider students in the fifth year of this program for departmental support as Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants, or for fellowships and scholarships.
The total number of hours required for graduation from the BA/MA program: 152. Students will receive both degrees when all the requirements are met. More detailed information may be obtained from the departmental office.
Curriculum Preparatory to the Teaching of German
In order to remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.
Web address for department: www.germanic.uiuc.edu
Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of German
Minimum required course work normally equates to 75 hours
General education: Consult the Curricula Preparatory to Teaching Foreign Languages. Minimum hours required for graduation: A minimum of 120 hours of credit is required for graduation. Consult the certification officer at 505 East Green Suite 203 for additional information. www.ed.uiuc.edu/CTE
Departmental distinction: Students should consult their advisers by the second semester of the junior year for information pertaining to seminar honors work and honors awards in the department.
- Twenty-nine hours of professional education courses. (See Foreign Languages: Curricula Preparatory to Teaching Foreign Languages.)
- Sixteen hours of 100-level courses (101, 102, 103, 104)
- Six hours of 200-level courses (211, 212)
- Nineteen hours beyond this level (331, 332, 401, 420, 470,471, 472, 473, 465, plus two electives)
NOTE: German Study Abroad (GER 299) is strongly recommended.
The total of 47 hours may be reduced by as much as 16 hours through prerequisite credit for work equivalent to GER 101-104 taken in secondary school.
Minor in German
The minor in German offers students a background in the language through the advanced undergraduate level, an introduction to the study of German literary classics, and a knowledge of the history of German culture.
Web address for department: www.germanic.uiuc.edu
- Twelve hours of any of the following (104, 211, 212, 320, 321, 401, 402)
- Any of the following (331, 332, 465, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474)
- GER 420 -- Germanic Cultural History