Undergraduate study in German

What you can study in German

As well as learning the language, you can study German film, literature and cultural history from the late eighteenth century to the present. As well as developing competence in the language, you can also gain a broad knowledge of the works of major writers and insight into key literary and cultural developments.

We offer additional opportunities for you to enhance your German skills. You may be able to participate in German international language examinations, or study abroad at universities or language institutes in Germany.

Structuring your major in German

You can take a major in German as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

  • For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.
  • For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.
  • For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.

Taking a module in German

If you would like to study German alongside your two BA majors, you can complete a Module.

A Module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme which enables you to add extra value to your Bachelor of Arts.

Take a look at Modules

Courses

Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in German. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the German major:

  • EUROPEAN 100, GERMAN 201 and 301
  • Two courses from GERMAN 230, 231, 305, 310, 210 or 320, 211 or 303, 250 or 350, 213 or 313, 291 or 391
  • Two courses from COMPLIT 200-306, EUROPEAN 200-378

Enrolling in German language courses for the first time

If you have no or limited knowledge of German, please enrol in GERMAN 101 or GERMAN 101G. The University may cancel your enrolment at any time if you are found to have prior knowledge or study in the language.

If you have studied German before or know it from home, please apply for an enrolment concession for the course that is most appropriate for your level of knowledge. You might be prompted to sit a placement test.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying German, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.