Minor in German

The minor in German is for students who seek to become proficient in the German language and acquire a good grasp of German cultural life, past and present. The minor’s six-course program of study is simple in structure, requiring a minimum of two advanced language courses and four additional courses in German language, linguistics, literature, film, or culture taught in German or in English.


Six CAS LG courses completed with a grade of C or higher. All required courses are 4 credit hours.

  • Two advanced courses taught in German numbered LG 302 or higher.
  • Four LG courses in German language, linguistics, literature, film, or culture numbered 220 or higher, taught in German or English. Courses or internships during a Study Abroad program in a German-speaking country may also be counted with approval of your minor advisor.

With advisor’s approval, students may include up to three equivalent transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non–Boston University study abroad programs and must take a minimum of three courses on the Charles River Campus.

BU Hub: Courses taken for the German minor can ordinarily also satisfy BU Hub requirements in several different areas; see individual course descriptions for details.

Placement Examination

A placement test is required of all students whose most recent course in German was taken while in high school or at a college other than Boston University and who wish to continue their study of this language here. Information on testing dates and times is available in the department.