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 the two components of your double major for a BA. 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.

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.


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 106, 210-260, 291, 303-360, 391
  • Up to two courses from COMPLIT 200–306, EUROPEAN 200–378

Enrolling in German language courses for the first time as a beginner

If you have no or limited knowledge of German, please enrol in GERMAN 101 or GERMAN 101G.

You will be required to complete a Language Proficiency Declaration when enrolling in any beginner language acquisition course. The Language Declaration is available to you in your CANVAS Course page under assignments.

If you do not complete the Language Proficiency Declaration you may be dropped from the course and will not be able to access any course content in the course.

Read more about first time language course enrolment.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

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