Major & Minor

The Major

Students majoring in German develop language skills, become knowledgeable about the literature and  culture of German-speaking areas, and acquire analytic and interpretive abilities. The combination of language skills with the ability to navigate across cultures is excellent preparation for a variety of professions in business, government, engineering, law, education, and academia. Double (second) majors are also encouraged and supported. Numerous opportunities are available, 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.

Requirements for the Major

Ten one-credit departmental courses at the 200-level or above, including cross-listed courses and courses taught in the Duke-in-Berlin program. Direct enrollment classes taken in the Duke-in-Berlin program count as well. Half-credit courses may count towards the total number of credits required for graduation, however, they do not count towards the major. 8 out of 10 of these courses must be taught in German; exceptions to this rule can be made at the discretion of the DUS.

Required courses include the Advanced German sequence, German 305S and/or 306S (and/or the equivalent taught in Berlin, German 303AS, German 312AS, or German 319AS), at least two courses taught in German on Duke’s home campus numbered 320 or above, at least one of which must be a 400-level course.

The Minor

Requirements

Five one-credit departmental courses taught at the 200-level or above, including cross-listed courses and courses taught in the Duke-in-Berlin program. Direct enrollment classes taken in the Duke-in-Berlin program count as well. 4 out of 5 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 towards the major and minor as courses taught in German. Half-credit courses may count towards the total number of credits required for graduation, however, they do not count towards the minor.