Major: A minimum of nine course credits, which include:

  1. GER 205; two courses from 301, 302, or 311; and Capstone Course 485;
  2. A minimum of two GER literature, culture or history courses conducted in English or in German at or above the 300 level;
  3. A minimum of three course credits in German or related areas approved beforehand by the Department as relevant to the major.

Teaching Major: A minimum of nine course credits, including at least six course credits in German Studies at or above the 205 level, including GER 205, 301, and 302 or 311; at least one of these four courses: ANT 106 (Language, Culture, and Community), ENG 311 (Grammar and the Politics of English), LAL/PHI 350 (Philosophy of Language), or LAL 352(Linguistics); and at least one of these two courses: HIS 315 (Diplomacy of War and Revolution) or HIS 324 (Modern Germany). In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete coursework leading to certification in Secondary Education. GER 485 is not required for a teaching major because the capstone course required for certification in secondary education will satisfy the capstone requirement for the teaching major in German.

Minor in German:  A minimum of six course credits including GER 205, 301, 302, 311, 333 or a 300-level topics class in German, and one 300-level GER course in English or a course in a related area approved beforehand by the Department as relevant to the minor.

Minor in German Studies:

A minimum of six course credits beyond 103 including:

  1. GER 205
  2. One course chosen from GER 301, 302, or 311
  3. A minimum of three GER literature, culture, or history courses conducted in English or German.
  4. At least one course credit in German or a related area approved by the Department as relevant to the minor.

Note: A student may not minor in both German and German Studies.

Note: Courses at the 300-level are designated as being taught in German or in English. All lectures, discussions, and readings will be in the language of instruction.

Recommended course sequence

Course schedules vary widely depending on whether students enter Cornell with language credits or not. The following are guidelines:

  • The schedule of courses is constructed so that students may begin GER 101 as late as January of their sophomore year and still complete a major in German. Nevertheless, it is advisable to begin earlier.
  • We recommend that all students, whether intending to major in German or not, complete their language course requirement by the end of their second year.
  • Majors should take Composition and Conversation I (GER 301) by the fall of their third year, though many will take this course sooner.