Bachelor of Arts

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The requirements for the major can be found in the University of Iowa General Catalog.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in German requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 30 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core. Students who plan to earn licensure to teach in elementary and/or secondary schools should see "Teacher Licensure" below.

A maximum of 15 s.h. of approved transfer credit may be counted toward the major, including study abroad course work. However, students may count up to 21 s.h. earned from the Academic Year in Freiburg program toward the major in German.

Students who begin a German major with no previous German language experience must complete the following courses or their equivalents.

  • GRMN:1001  Elementary German I  (4 s.h.)
  • GRMN:1002  Elementary German II  (4 s.h.)
  • GRMN:2001  Intermediate German I  (4 s.h.)
  • GRMN:2002  Intermediate German II  (4 s.h.)

This requirement also may be satisfied by various combinations of GRMN:1010 First-Year German Review, GRMN:1020 Intensive Elementary German, and GRMN:2020 Intensive Intermediate German.

The required 30 s.h. for the major must include the following upper-level German courses taken at The University of Iowa. Please note that GRMN:3501 German Writers Engaged (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for some other German literature courses.

1. Two of the following courses. GRMN:3103 and GRMN:3104 can be taken in any order:

  • GRMN:3103  Composition and Conversation I  (3 s.h.)
  • GRMN:3104  Composition and Conversation II  (3 s.h.)
  • GRMN:3845  The Structure of German  (3 s.h.)

2. The following literature course:

  • GRMN:3501  German Writers Engaged  (3 s.h.)

3. One of the following linguistics courses:

  • GRMN:3855  The Sounds of German  (3 s.h.)
  • GRMN:3865  History of the German Language  (3 s.h.)

4. One of the following culture courses:

  • GRMN:3405  German Cultural History  (3 s.h.) 
  • GRMN:4315  Contemporary German Civilization  (3 s.h.)

5. The following capstone course:

  • GRMN:4850  (013:185)  Senior Seminar  (3 s.h.)

6. Four electives (12 s.h.) offered by the Department of German numbered GRMN:3000 and above

Students may count a maximum of two Department of German courses taught in English and numbered GRMN:2500-2999 toward the major by registering for 4 s.h. of credit for each course instead of 3 s.h.; the additional 1 s.h. of credit reflects an added research component. See "German in Translation Courses" below. Courses taught in English that are taken for 3 s.h. do not count toward the major in German (e.g., GRMN:4800 Seminar in Comparative Literature). Courses numbered GRMN:1001-2499 do not count toward the major. 

With the approval of the departmental director of undergraduate studies, students also may apply one course from the University of Iowa Honors Program to the requirements of the major when that course concerns German culture or language.

German majors are urged to supplement their degree programs with relevant courses in areas such as German history, philosophy, and business.

Students who have taken upper-level course work at other institutions should consult the Department of German director of undergraduate studies to determine how much work remains for completion of the major.