Minor in German Studies

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


The emphasis of the minor is on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. Students are introduced to important works of German literature and to the culture of German-speaking countries.

A German Studies minor can easily and effectively be combined with majors in other disciplines. It is especially valuable in combination with business, computer science, international studies, history, music, philosophy, or another language.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses

Language Courses

Select three courses from the following: 9
Conversation and Composition
German for the Business World
Great Cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
German for the Global World
Translation of Texts
German Through the Arts
Advanced Grammar and Style
Advanced Composition
Total Credits 9

Literature and Culture Courses

Select two courses from the following: 6
Culture and Civilization
Major Writers (Mason Core)
Topics in German Literature and Film
Readings in Poetry (Topic Varies)
Topics in German History and Culture
Readings in Drama
The Age of Goethe
The Literature of Romanticism
Special Topics
Total Credits 6


Select one course from the following: 1 3
The Reformation
Nineteenth-Century Europe (Mason Core)
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948
History of Germany (Mason Core)
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
Hermeneutic Philosophy
Music History in Society II (Mason Core)
Music History in Society A
Total Credits 3

The courses listed may apply to the minor with prior written approval of the advisor.