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German Major and Minor Prerequisites and Requirements

Advising: Students 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 continue by completing either course sequence:

  • 249 Intermediate German—Speaking and Listening, 3
  • 258 Intermediate German—Reading, 3
  • 262 Intermediate German—Writing, 3

 or

  • 274 Introduction to German Literature, 6
  • 249 Intermediate German—Speaking and Listening, 3

Students are encouraged to meet with the program coordinator 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 coursework below. Students must complete at least 15 credits of upper-level major coursework (numbered 300–699) in residence on the UW–Madison campus. Students majoring in German should consult with the 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 the program coordinator. 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 international programs, may be substituted with the approval of the program coordinator.

German Minor Requirements

Note: This minor is available only to students admitted to the World Language Education program. 

The German minor requires a minimum of 18 credits of advanced (numbered 300 and above) coursework. The prerequisites to these courses are listed above. The German minor also requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75, based on all German minor coursework taken on the UW–Madison campus. 

Students interested in completing a certification minor in German must also complete a major in another World Language certification subject area and be admitted to the World Language Education program. It is not possible to be certified only in a minor area. Consult with an Education Academic Services advisor to discuss the feasibility of combining this minor with the major subject area—not all combinations may be possible and will require the approval of the WLE program coordinator. Interested students must apply to, and be admitted to, both language subject areas. Admission is limited and may be competitive.

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.

The oral proficiency exam, any written exams, and the immersion experience required for certification must be completed in both languages.