Major in German Language and Literature (1133)

The major in German Language & Literature offers students the chance to become proficient in the German language and develop an in-depth critical understanding of German-language cultural life, past and present. Graduates are prepared to communicate effectively in German and English, to function well in cross-cultural contexts, and to contribute meaningfully to addressing today’s global challenges. This flexible 11-course program works well as a second major alongside a major such as history, IR, European Studies, or Engineering.

Like all WLL majors, German Language & Literature majors begin with XL100 Leaving Home: Explorations in World Literature, a team-taught course in which students meet the WLL faculty through guest lectures and get oriented in the rich diversity of the world’s literary traditions. They start German language study as early as possible and complete at least three language courses above the fourth semester. A course taught in English translation, Masterpieces of German Literature (LG250), introduces students to major texts and can be taken early on in the student’s program. Four additional courses in German language, literature, linguistics, and/or culture provide greater depth in areas of special interest to the student. One elective focused on a language, literature, or culture other than German helps regional, global and/or historical comparison. Students wishing to explore more of WLL’s course offerings beyond German may substitute an additional elective for one of their four courses in German language, literature, or culture.  Finally, German majors reconvene with all WLL majors in the senior capstone seminar XL 479, where they share the expertise they have gained and work with a faculty mentor on a final project using German language materials.

To graduate with honors, students will maintain a GPA in the major of at least 3.4 and will take two additional courses above the 11 required for the major:

  • one additional focus or breadth course.
  • either XL 540 (translation seminar) or LG 401 or 402 (continuation of the thesis begun in the capstone seminar).

Minor in German (1128)


Click here to view the German courses according to the BU Hub, color coded to fulfill the German minor requirements.