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German Studies


This minor provides students with an active command of written and spoken German and with a knowledge of historical and contemporary Germany. It is designed to complement programs such as Film Studies, Management, English, History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Music, and Education. German minors may elect to study in Germany or Austria during their junior year through the Marburg University, the University of Maine's Junior Year in Salzburg, the Collegium Palatinum in Heidelberg, or other approved programs. Students planning to study abroad must consult with the Global Education Office and German faculty before departure to arrange for program approval and transfer of credit.

New students who have had no prior German should register for IHGER 101. Students with one or two years of successful high school study or one college semester should register for IHGER 102. Students with three or more high school years or two college semesters should register for IHGER 201. Consult German faculty to find the most appropriate level.

Minor Requirements

20 credits

Twelve credits must be in German, and 8 from among the electives listed below.

Select three courses from the following, according to the student’s level of German knowledge:

  • IHGER 101: Elementary German I
  • IHGER 102: Elementary German II
  • IHGER 201: Intermediate German I
  • IHGER 202: Intermediate German II


Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following list of electives from at least two different subjects. At least one course must be at the 300-level or higher.


  • IHGER 202: Intermediate German II
  • GER 290 Intermediate Special Topics
  • GER 298 Independent Study
  • GER 315 Conversation and Composition
  • GER 350 Study in Germany or Austria


  • IHENG 251 Literature of the Holocaust (cross-listed with IHHGS 251)


  • IHFILM 260: Introduction to Film Analysis
  • IHFILM 261: Introduction to Film History
  • IHFILM 342: Topics and Genres can be substituted if it contains substantial German cultural or historical material (as determined by the chair of Modern Languages and Cultures)


  • IHHIST 293 Weimar and the Rise of Hitler
  • HIST 343 The Postwar World 1945-1975
  • HIST 351 Imperial Germany
  • HIST 352: World War I
  • HIST 353 (cross-listed as HGS 353)

Holocaust and Genocide Studies

  • IHHGS 251 Literature of the Holocaust (cross-listed with IHENG 251)
  • IHHGS 252 The Holocaust
  • HGS 340 Film and the Holocaust
  • HGS 353 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (cross-listed as HIST 353)

Students placing higher than Elementary German 1 or 2 will substitute these courses with other IHGER or GER courses in the list of electives.

Students may have 1 course from their major count for one of the electives, if appropriately related to German Studies. The chair of Modern Languages and Cultures will make this determination.