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.
Major Sequence in German 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
- Ger 201
- Ger 202
Bridge course (Content with Advanced Grammar)
- Ger 230
Upper Level Courses
- One of Ger 310 or Ger 312
- One course to be chosen from the following: the other of 310/312, 340, 370, 375, 387
- German 330, 350, and 360 to be taken abroad in Germany
- One of Ger 418, 488
- Additional courses from 5) and 7) above or Ger 499 as needed
- Ger 490 Senior Thesis (W)
- One semester of study abroad is required for the major
***Students interested in completing an honors project should review the Research Honors section of the University Catalog
Minor Sequence in German Studies
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.
- Ger 201, Ger 202
- Ger 230
- One of Ger 310, 312
- Two courses to be chosen from the following: the other of 310/312, Ger 330, 340, 350, 350, 370, 375, 387, 418, 488
- Additional courses as needed from 4) above, as needed
While not required for the minor, study abroad is highly encouraged.