Old Major Requirements

Students who entered Duke in 2015 or earlier may choose to complete the older requirements for major. However, all students are encouraged to follow the guidelines for the new major.

The German major offers two concentrations: Literature and Culture, or German Studies.

Requirements: 10 courses

Concentration in Literature and Culture

This emphasizes the development of superior language proficiency and a deep knowledge of the culture of German-speaking lands.

  • 10 courses at the 200 level or above, including cross-listed courses taught in Berlin.
    • Nine of the 10 courses must be taught in German. These normally include GERMAN 305S Advanced German I: Culture and Society and GERMAN 306S Advanced German II: Text and Context (or the equivalents in Berlin).
Concentration in German Studies

An interdisciplinary concentration that develops language proficiency and cultural knowledge, while allowing courses with a substantial German component in related disciplines, such as history, political science, music, art history, philosophy, and religion.

  • 10 courses at the 200 level or above.
    • These may include up to four courses in other departments, provided such courses evince a clear focus on German culture, society, and history. Courses taught in German normally include GERMAN 305S Advanced German I: Culture and Society and GERMAN 306S Advanced German II: Text and Context.
    • A maximum of four courses may be courses with German content taught in English, either in the German department or in other departments.