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The emphasis of the minor is on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. Students are introduced to important works of German literature and to the culture of German-speaking countries.

A German Studies minor can easily and effectively be combined with majors in other disciplines. It is especially valuable in combination with business, computer science, international studies, history, music, philosophy, or another language.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits beyond GERM 250 Gateway to Advanced German (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

A maximum of two courses (6 credits) conducted in English can be applied to the minor.

Banner Code: GRMS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Language Courses

Select three courses from the following:9
Conversation and Composition
German for the Business World
Translation of Texts
German Through the Arts
Advanced Grammar and Style
Advanced Composition
Total Credits9

Literature and Culture Courses

Select two courses from the following:6
Culture and Civilization
Major Writers (Mason Core)
Survey of German Literature
Readings in Poetry (Topic Varies)
Readings in Narrative Prose
Readings in Drama
The Age of Goethe
The Literature of Romanticism
Modern Literature: 1880-1925
Modern Literature: 1925 to the Present
Special Topics
Total Credits6


Select one course from the following: 13
The Reformation
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948
History of Germany
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Hermeneutic Philosophy
Music History in Society II
Music History in Society A
Total Credits3

The courses listed may apply to the minor with prior written approval of the advisor.