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.

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

Major requirements include:

The Major in German Studies consists of eight courses:

  • Five 300-level German courses: One of these five courses must be GR301 which can be taken at any time of the course sequence. Two of these five courses must be at the level of GR324 or above. 
  • Three additional classes from other departments that have an extensive focus on German-speaking countries.

It is recommended that German Studies majors spend a semester in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. A maximum of three courses  taken outside of Saint Anselm College will be counted toward the German Studies major. These three courses can either consist of two German courses and one interdisciplinary course or two interdisciplinary courses and one German course. 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.

    Course Sequence Outline


      • HU 103 - Conversatio I
      • EN 105 - Freshman English
      • or other core

        or Core

      • Major Language
      • Elective


      • HU 104 - Conversatio II
      • EN 105 - Freshman English
      • or Core
      • Major Language
      • Elective