A major in German Studies opens doors in many different career fields. For this reason, the German major at IWU is designed to dovetail with nearly any other major offered at IWU, and many students combine German with a second major. We offer several courses outside the field of traditional literary studies, including "German Business Culture" and "German for Human Rights." German majors gain language fluency along with skills in cultural negotiation, critical thinking and expression, as well as literary and film analysis.
The German Studies major requires at least three courses to be taken abroad in an approved program; with the rest taken at IWU. The requirements balance language-focused courses with those that have definite content involving literature, film, and culture. Courses taken abroad can be in a variety of pre-approved disciplines beyond literary and cultural studies.
A minimum of ten courses (students exempted from 201 and/or 202 must still complete ten courses), at least five of which must be taken at IWU including:
German Language Sequence
Bridge course (Content with Advanced Grammar)
Upper Level Courses
***Students interested in completing an honors project should review the Research Honors section of the University Catalog
A minimum of six courses (students exempted from 201 and/or 202 must still complete six courses), at least three of which must be taken at IWU.
While not required for the minor, study abroad is highly encouraged.