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The German Major

The German Department offers a 27-33 credit major, easy to combine with another major

German majors will gain an understanding and appreciation of German culture, past and present. They will understand spoken and written German to the level of understanding German prose, drama, poetry, periodicals, and other texts. They either will have reached or will be well on their way toward reaching the linguistic capacity and cultural competence for engaging in intellectual discourse in written and spoken German.

Our majors say that they appreciate:

  • studying in a supportive and organized program that measures and tracks their linguistic progress
  • opportunities to travel affordably to Germany and use the language there
  • increased marketability for internationally oriented careers

They have gone on to graduate school in German, linguistics, law, international relations, public policy, art history, and art & design. They work in high schools, colleges, publishing houses, museums, and advocacy organizations. Our alumni are building careers in the major New York institutions where German is spoken, including the German American Chamber of Commerce, the German Consulate, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Goethe-Institut New York.

To declare a German major, please visit

The following requirements apply to new majors and to students who declared their German major in Summer 2020 or later. Students who declared earlier should contact the department chair to review their major requirements.

The major consists of 27 credits chosen from the following courses:
Advanced courses in language, level I: GERMN 301, 302, 310, 312
Advanced courses in literature, level I: GERMN 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 327, 328, 334, 335, 336, 339
Advanced courses in literature, level II: GERMN 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 353, 359, 444
Advanced courses in language, level II: GERMN 385, 38501, 38502, 38503, 38504

Special projects (GERMN 491, 492, 493, 498) do not count as level II courses. They may be counted toward the level I major requirements with departmental permission only. Interested students should consult a faculty advisor.

1. At least nine of the 27 credits must be earned by taking advanced classes in German literature and culture (numbered 320-359; also 444).

2. At least six of the 27 credits must be from level II courses (numbered 340-385; also 444). At least three of these credits must be earned in residence at Hunter and may be not be transferred from another institution, including during study abroad.

3. Three of the 27 credits counting towards a German major may be earned by taking an approved course on aspects of German culture taught in English; all other major courses must be conducted in German.

Note: Students who began their study of German in college may count up to 6 credits from the 200 level (200-203) toward the major.

Students are encouraged to consult a departmental faculty adviser as early as possible to plan their course of studies in German, and to keep in touch with us when choosing courses for the next semester. We recommend that our majors take courses continuously in order to maintain their fluency levels.

Students who have some knowledge of German gained outside of Hunter College should consult Prof. Anderson, Prof. Kuhn-Osius, Prof. Nicolai, or Prof. Zimmerman regarding placement in the German major.

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