Requirements

Denise DellaRossa Teaching A Class Of Notre Dame Students In Berlin
Denise DellaRossa teaching a class of Notre Dame students in Berlin

The German Program offers undergraduates eight options: a major with two concentrations, each with a possible honors track, a supplementary major with two concentrations, an international economics major with a concentration in German, and a minor.

The Language and Literature concentration is for students who want the deepest immersion in the language, and who wish to study great literature, cinema, and general German culture. This concentration corresponds to the traditional major in German language and literature and is also recommended for anyone contemplating graduate work in German.

The German Studies concentration is for students who wish to craft their own broader interdisciplinary program centered on Germany, based on proficiency in the language and a grounding in the culture.

Major requirements

Concentration in language and literature

Successful completion of 10 courses (30 credit hours) beyond the 3-semester language sequence:

  • Required courses:
    • GE 20202 Intermediate German II
    • GE 30304 German Literary & Cultural Tradition(s)
    • GE 30305 Contemporary Germany
  • Additional 7 elective courses (21 credits)
    • 4 must be numbered 20113 and above
    • 2 must be in German at the 40000-level
    • 2 may be in English

Concentration in German studies

Successful completion of 10 courses (30 credit hours) beyond the 3-semester language sequence:

  • Required courses:
    • GE 20202 Intermediate German II
    • GE 30304 German Literary & Cultural Tradition(s)
    • GE 30305 Contemporary Germany
  • Additional 7 elective courses (21 credits)
    • 4 must be numbered 20113 and above
    • 2 must be at the 40000-level
    • 3 must be in German
    • Up to 4 may be in English

Supplementary major requirements

Concentration in language and literature

Successful completion of 8 courses (24 credit hours) beyond the 3-semester language sequence:

  • Required courses:
    • GE 20202 Intermediate German II
    • GE 30304 German Literary & Cultural Tradition(s)
    • GE 30305 Contemporary Germany
  • Additional 5 elective courses (15 credits)
    • 3 must be numbered 20113 and above
    • 1 must be at the 40000-level
    • 2 may be in English

Concentration in German studies

Successful completion of 8 courses (24 credit hours) beyond the 3-semester language sequence:

  • Required courses:
    • GE 20202 Intermediate German II
    • GE 30304 German Literary & Cultural Tradition(s)
    • GE 30305 Contemporary Germany
  • Additional 5 elective courses (15 credits)
    • 3 must be numbered 20113 and above
    • 1 must be at the 40000-level
    • 2 must be in German
    • Up to 3 may be in English

Minor requirements

Successful completion of 5 courses (15 credit hours) beyond the 3-semester language sequence:

  • Required courses:
    • GE 20202 Intermediate German II
    • GE 30304 German Literary & Cultural Tradition(s)
    • GE 30305 Contemporary Germany
  • Additional 2 elective courses (6 credits)
    • 2 must be numbered 20113 and above
    • 1 may be in English

International economics requirements

The undergraduate major in international economics is a collaborative effort between the Department of Economics and the various departments of languages and literatures. Through this major, the collaborating departments seek to blend two programs of study to ensure that students achieve advanced linguistic and cultural competency in German as well as excellent preparation in economics.

German Requirements:

  • Completion of the 4-semester language requirement plus the following:
  • GE 20113 German for the Business World
  • GE 30304 German Literary and Cultural Tradition
  • GE 30305 Contemporary Germany
  • Additional 2 elective courses:
    • 1 must be at the 40000-level
    • 1 may be taught in English

Economics Requirements: (Please consult the Dept. of Economics webpage for full and accurate details.)

  • Calculus A and B
  • Exploring International Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Statistics
  • Econometrics
  • 2 electives focused on international economic topics. The available electives will vary by semester. Past courses which have satisfied this requirement include:
    • International Trade
    • International Money
    • Development Economics

Other Requirements:

  • GE 33000 Exploring International Economics (1 credit) must be taken in your sophomore year to prepare for the Senior Research Project; if you study abroad sophomore year, you must take this course junior year.
  • ECON 48100 Senior Research Project

Senior thesis and honors track

Requirements for senior thesis:

  • Average grade of B or above in your German major
  • Nomination by 1-2 of your professors
  • Thesis of 25-35 pages written in German or English

Requirements for departmental honors:

  • Grade of B+ or higher on your senior thesis
  • Departmental GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Presentation of thesis in public forum

Full senior thesis requirements