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German Studies

German is the most spoken native language in the European Union, and the economic and cultural influence of Germany, Austria and Switzerland is worldwide. Facility with German language and familiarity with German culture and Weltanschauung are essential in today's globalized economy.

The major in German Studies will provide students to achieve a command of German language that will enable them to read and understand unedited texts from German language media, literature and scholarship. This command will inform their work in other areas of study that treat of the history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, art and culture of the German-speaking peoples.

Major Requirements: The major in German Studies consists of eight courses:

  • GR 250 German Semester IV. This course counts towards the major for all students who have taken GR 200 at Saint Anselm College. For students who place into GR 301 at the start of their studies at Saint Anselm, GR 301 would be the first course that counts towards the major.
  • GR 301 Advanced German I
  • GR 302 Advanced German II
  • Three additional 300-level German courses (students whose major begins with GR 250 will only need two additional 300-level German courses).
  • Three additional classes from other departments that have an extensive focus on German-speaking countries.

Comprehensive Examination: German Studies majors will complete their major by passing an oral and a written comprehensive examination. The questions on the written exam will reflect the student's course work, and the oral exam in German will be based on the student's coursework as well as a current text from German media at the time of the exam.

Study Abroad: Students are strongly encouraged to gain experience during their undergraduate years through study abroad, travel and internships.  

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017

Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond

Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Core Course Freshman English
Elective (investigate minor or second major) Elective (investigate minor or second major)
Major Language Course Major Language Course