Major & Minor

The German Major

Students majoring in German develop language skills in their social and cultural contexts. The combination of linguistic and cultural competency is excellent preparation for a variety of professional careers in business, government, engineering, law, education, and academia. Double (second) majors are encouraged and supported. Numerous opportunities are available that include semester-long Duke in Berlin programs, Duke in Berlin summer programs, Fulbright and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships, and internships both before and after graduation. Students interested in a major should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Inge Walther (

Requirements: 10 courses

  • 10 courses at the 200 level or above, including cross-listed courses and courses taught in the Duke-in-Berlin Program.
    • Eight of the 10 courses must be taught in German, however exceptions to this rule can be made at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
    • Direct enrollment courses taken in the Duke-in-Berlin Program count towards the major.
    • Courses in German that count towards the major normally include:
      • GERMAN 305S Advanced German I: Culture and Society
      • GERMAN 306S Advanced German II: Text and Context (or the equivalents in Berlin, GERMAN 303AS or GERMAN 312AS)
      • GERMAN 430S German Literature and Culture
      • GERMAN 435S German Politics and Society
Old Major Requirements

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

The German Minor

  •  Five courses at the 200 level or above, only one of which may be taught in English.

NOTE: Duke in Berlin Economics, History, Political Science, and Art History courses taught in German may also count towards the German minor.

To plan what courses to take for the German major and minor, check out the Course page for those regularly taught in German.