Academic program

Major Requirements in German

The major consists of nine courses at the 200 level or above. Required are:

1) Both of the following:
GER 233. Advanced German Language and Culture I.
GER 234. Advanced German Language and Culture II.

2) At least four courses from the following list:

GER 241. German Modernisms.
GER 251. The Age of Revolution: The German Enlightenment, Classicism, and Romantic Rebellion, 1750-1830.
GER 256. The Age of Materialism, 1830-1899.
GER 252. Tracing the Autobiographical: Personal Narratives in Twentieth-Century German Literature.
GER 264. World War I in German Culture.
GER 350. Margins and Migrations.
GER 358. Literature and Film of the German Democratic Republic.

3) Two electives. All courses taught by the German faculty at Bates, whether in German or English, may be taken as electives. Courses on German topics from outside of the department may be counted toward the major with the approval of the faculty advisor.

4) GER 457 or 458. Senior Thesis. Students for whom German is the only major must register for the senior thesis. Students may choose to pass a series of comprehensive examinations in German if German is one of two majors and they complete a thesis in the other major. Students who choose the option of a comprehensive exam do not register for GER 457 or 458 and must substitute a 200-level or 300-level German course from the list above.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the major except for 201, 202, and/or 233; nor for the minor except for 101, 102, 201, 202, and/or 233.

Minor in German

A minor requires a minimum of seven courses in German. At least one of the seven courses must involve a study of literature or culture (taught either in the language or in translation), but only one course in translation may be counted toward the minor. A student may petition to have up to three comparable courses, completed at other institutions either in the United States or abroad, apply toward the minor. Advanced Placement courses may not be applied toward the minor.