Major & Minor

Students majoring in German develop high language proficiency, become knowledgeable about the literature and culture of German-speaking areas, and acquire a range of analytic and interpretive skills. The combination of language proficiency, cross-cultural aptitude, and the ability to think critically and to write clearly ensures that our graduates can navigate the world and are well-prepared for a variety of professions, including business, government, engineering, law, education, and academia.

All German majors have numerous opportunities, including Global Education programs, interdepartmental majors, Fulbright and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships, independent research and independent studies, and internships, both before and after graduation. Students interested in a major should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Double (second) majors are also encouraged and supported.

Degree or Credential Requirements
Bachelor of Arts
  • 10 one-credit courses at 200-level or above, including cross-listed courses and courses taught in the Duke-in-Berlin program
    • 8 of these courses must be taught in German (exceptions at discretion of the DUS)
    • Half-credit courses do not count toward major
  • Required courses include:
    • Advanced German sequence, GERMAN 305S and/or 306S (and/or equivalent taught in Berlin, GERMAN 303AS, 312AS or 319AS)
    • At least 2 courses taught in German on Duke's campus numbered 320 or above, with at least one of these being a 400-level course.
German Minor
  • 5 one-credit courses at the 200-level or above, including cross-listed courses and courses taught in the Duke-in-Berlin program
    • 4 of these courses must be taught in German

Note: All Duke-in-Berlin courses taught in German at the 200-level or above, semester and summer, may count toward the major and minor as courses taught in German. Half-credit courses may count toward the total number of credits required for graduation, however, they do not count towards the minor.

[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 current guidelines for the major listed above.]