German Major

For complete information on courses please reference the college catalog.

Requirement of 32 semester credit hours in German language, literature, film and culture courses which includes: 

German Courses 

Course Title Hours
341 Contemporary German Culture 1  4
342 Contemporary German Culture 2

German Cultural Identity from Charlemagne to the Berlin Republic

(*taught on-site in Munich and Berlin during Wheaton in Germany)


Select two 300-level topics courses from the following combinations: either two different versions of GERM 351, two different versions of GERM 361 or one GERM 351 and one GERM 361 course.

N.B. Secondary Education majors in German will take a GERM 371 and one other 300-level topics course to satisfy these eight hours.

300-level topics courses

351- Topics in German Literature and Culture (varied subjects)

361- Culture and Communication (varied subjects)


Select one, four-hour, 400-level course

400-level topics courses

 431- Other Germans: Turkish and Minority Experience

432- The Holocaust and Contemporary Jewish Experience

*489- Special Topics (*offered only in Germany)
 496 Internship in Berlin (arranged in conjunction with Wheaton in Germany)
Senior Capstone Seminar

German Secondary Education required courses

GERM 341, 342, 343 (summer Wheaton in Germany program; either GERM 351 or 361; GERM 371; 431 or 432 (or 489 – offered only in Germany); GERM 496 internship, and either 494-1 or 494-2 (Senior Capstone).

While a full semester in a German-speaking country is highly recommended, the study abroad requirement for majors with a secondary education focus will be considered met via the summer Wheaton in Germany program (GERM 343) followed by a four-week internship in Berlin (GERM 496) as noted above.

Students must also achieve at least an ‘Intermediate-High’ rating on an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) taken upon returning from their study abroad experience or as recommended by advisor. Please consult the Education Department for a list of Education courses and general education courses required for teaching licensure.

German Minor

Students must complete 20 hours (i.e. five, four-hour courses including GERM 341, 342, 343 (summer Wheaton in Germany program), either 351 or 361, and one, 400-level course of their choice form the courses listed above. (N.B. German 431 and 432 are highly recommended. Completion of the GERM 496 internship also satisfies the 4oo-level course requirement for the German minor.)

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