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German Major and Minor Prerequisites and Requirements

Faculty advisor: Professor Charles James, 810 Van Hise Hall, 262-9747 or 262-2192, cjjames@facstaff.wisc.edu. Students not yet admitted to this program should consult with advising staff at Education Academic Services (EAS), Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, 608-262-1651.

German Major and Minor Prerequisites

Students must complete a substantial number of prerequisites before beginning the German major or minor requirements. The regular German sequence consists of German 101, 102, 203, and 204. After 204, students may continue in composition and conversation courses (225, 226) as well as literature and culture courses (221, 222, 274, 284). The prerequisites for all advanced-level courses in German are (a) 221–222 or 274 or 284 and (b) 226. Students are encouraged to meet with the faculty program coordinator, Professor Charles James, well in advance of beginning the German program requirements.

German Major Requirements

Complete a minimum of 27 credits in German courses numbered 300 and above. The credits in the major required for admission must be taken from the course work below. Students must complete at least 15 credits of upper-level major course work (numbered 300-699) in residence on the UW–Madison campus. Students majoring in German should consult with Professor Charles James, the faculty program coordinator, early in their academic career. Courses are German listings unless otherwise indicated. 

  • 337 Advanced Composition and Conversation, 3–4
  • 351 Introduction to German Linguistics, 3–4
  • 676 Advanced Seminar in German Studies, 3
  • Additional 12 credits from any German courses numbered 300 or above. These must be courses designated by the Department of German as acceptable for the L&S major in German.
  • Two upper-level courses (300 or above) in related fields such as History, Art History, Philosophy, and Music. Must be previously approved by Professor James. These "cognate" courses must deal substantially with the German-speaking world and may be taken at any time during the degree work on campus.

Other courses, especially those transferred from overseas programs, may be substituted with the approval of Professor James.

German Minor Requirements

Note: This minor is no longer available as an option for students in Elementary Education. The information provided below is for students admitted to the professional program prior to summer 2013.

The German minor requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 based on all German minor course work taken on the UW–Madison campus. The graduation grade point average may be modified by the last 60 credits rule (see Application and Admission Information for details).

Students interested in completing a certification minor in German must also complete a major in another certification subject area; it is not possible to be certified only in a minor area. Contact the WLE program coordinator to discuss the feasibility of combining this minor with the major subject area—not all combinations may be possible. Interested students must apply and be admitted to the German program. Admission is limited and competitive. 

All students, whether completing their first degree or adding on a teaching minor to a prior certification, should expect to complete a methods course, practicum and student teaching experience in the minor to be recommended for certification; consult with the program coordinator. The oral proficiency exam, written exam, and immersion experiences discussed elsewhere are also required.

The German minor requires a minimum of 18 credits of advanced (numbered 300 and above) course work. See the prerequisites to these courses above. The courses listed are German unless otherwise indicated. 

  • 337 Advanced Composition and Conversation, 3–4
  • 351 Introduction to German Linguistics, 3–4
  • Complete 12 credits of any German department courses numbered 300 or above. These must be courses designated by the Department of German as acceptable for the L&S major in German.