German Studies (BA)
Admission to the Program
Students must be approved by the department for formal admission to the major. Language coursework may be waived if high school or other preparation warrants it. Placement will be made in consultation with a departmental advisor.
- 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
- Completion of college writing requirement
- Completion of university mathematics requirement
General Education Requirements
- A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
- At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
- No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline
- 39 credit hours with grades of C or better.
- Prerequisite: completion of intermediate language level.
Required (15 credit hours)
- GERM-332 German Conversation and Composition I (3) (may be replaced by other 300- or 400-level courses if warranted by language proficiency)
- GERM-333 German Conversation and Composition II (3) (may be replaced by other 300- or 400- level courses if warranted by language proficiency)
- GERM-438 German Civilization I (3)
- GERM-439 German Civilization II (3)
- GERM-480 Senior Capstone: Concept of the City (3)
3 credit hours of linguistics coursework from the following:
- ANTH-225 Language and Human Experience FA1 (3)
- ANTH-254 Language and Culture (3)
- TESL-5xx course as approved by advisor
Electives (21 credit hours)
- Remaining credit hours chosen from 300-400-level courses, independent study projects, internships, and topics courses in German studies
University Honors Program
To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees
American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.