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Department of Germanic Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Studies

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements GERBA
The Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Studies offers a full curriculum including German language, linguistics, literature, and culture, as well as courses in Dutch, Yiddish, and Norwegian. Faculty members teach at all levels; class sizes are moderate to small; and there are many opportunities for direct student-faculty contact, including a departmental honors program.


The major requires at least 30 credit hours* (at or above the 200 level), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Gateway Courses. Two (2) courses:
    • GER-G 332 Introduction to German Literature and Media
    • GER-G 334 Introduction to German Thought and Culture
    • GER-E 336 Introduction to the Structure of Germanic Languages
  2. Electives*.
    1. Advanced Electives taught in German. 12 credit hours:
      • GER-G 400 Advanced College German
      • GER-G 403 Medieval German Literature
      • GER-G 404 Modern German Literature
      • GER-G 415 Perspectives on German Literature
      • GER-G 416 Studies in German Authors
      • GER-G 418 German Film and Popular Culture
      • GER-G 421 Contemporary Germany: Overview
      • GER-G 422 Contemporary Germany: Special Topics in German Studies
      • GER-G 424 Literature and Society since 1945
      • GER-G 448 Introduction to German Phonetics and Phonology
      • GER-G 451 Introduction to German Syntax
      • GER-G 453 Introduction to German Sociolinguistics
      • GER-G 458 Introduction to German Morphology
      • GER-G 459 Introduction to the History of the German Language
      • GER-G 464 German Culture and Society
      • GER-G 496 Advanced German Language Abroad
      • GER-G 499 Honors Thesis
    2. Additional Electives. Additional GER courses, as needed, to fulfill remaining requirements.
  3. Additional Requirements. The courses selected to fulfill the requirements above must also satisfy the following:
    1. 21 credit hours must be taken in courses taught in German.
    2. Three (3) credit hours must be taken on the Indiana University Bloomington campus at the 400–499 level.
  4. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.