The German Studies major includes one third of required courses to be taken abroad in an approved program; with the rest taken at IWU. The nine-course major fits well into student programs that include a second major. The requirements balance language-focused courses with those that have definite content involving literature, film, and culture. Majors gain language fluency along with skills in cultural negotiation, critical thinking and expression, as well as literary and film analysis. Courses taken abroad can be in a variety of pre-approved disciplines beyond literature and cultural studies (See Ger 330, Ger 360). Students may also opt to take a course in German Business Culture.
Major Sequence in German Studies:
A minimum of nine courses (for students exempted from 201 and/or 202, also nine courses), five of which must be taken at IWU including:
1) German 201
2) German 202, 301 (202 cannot be taken abroad without special permission)
3) German 330, 350 and 360 to be taken abroad in Germany.
4) Select one from German 310, 340 or 387
5) German 417 or 488
6) Additional courses from 3) and 4) above or German 499 as needed
(Students who begin their major with Ger 301 may count either LC 210, 272, 274, History 221, 321, or 325 as one course if no other course is available)
7) One semester of study abroad
***Students interested in completing an Honors Project see page 59 of the University Catalog
A minimum of five courses (students exempted from 201 and/or 202 are also required to take five courses), three of which must be taken at IWU.
1) German 201
2) German 202, 301 (cannot be taken abroad without special permission)
3) Two courses from German 310, 330, 340, 350, 360, 387, 417, or 488
4) Additional courses as needed from 3)