Academic program

Major Requirements in German

The major consists of ten courses in the German program. Required are: GER 233, at least one 300-level seminar, and GER 457 or GER 458. German majors must take a course in German both semesters of their senior year.

Students starting the major with GER 101 typically take the sequence GER 101, GER 102, GER 201, GER 202, and GER 233, before taking upper-level seminars. Students who have started their major with GER 101 and are studying abroad in a German-speaking country during the fall of their junior year may substitute an appropriate course taken abroad for GER 233.

The major may include one elective in English from among the courses taught by the German faculty at Bates. Courses on German and European history and culture, as well as courses relevant to German studies offered in other departments or programs may be counted toward the major with the approval of the faculty advisor. Students may petition to have up to three electives in English counted toward the major in some circumstances.

Minor in German

A minor requires a minimum of seven courses in the German program. At least six of the seven courses must be taught in German. At least one of the seven courses must focus on the study of literature or culture (taught either in German or in English). Advanced Placement courses may not be applied toward the minor.

Pass/Fail Grading Option for the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023

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.

Pass/Fail Grading Option for the Classes of 2024 and beyond

The use of the pass/fail option is restricted to one course within the major and the minor but may not be elected for 300-level courses.

Study Abroad

German majors and minors are strongly encouraged to deepen their engagement with German language and culture through the experience of studying in a German-speaking country. The completion of four college-level German courses is typically required before commencing a study-abroad program in German. Majors normally receive a maximum of three credits for one semester of study and five credits for two semesters of study in a recognized program. Minors normally receive a maximum of two credits for one semester of study and three credits for two semesters. Students are encouraged to speak with their faculty advisor regarding course offerings before going abroad, otherwise credit toward the major or minor is not guaranteed. More information is available on the Russian and German Studies departmental website