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German Studies, B.A.

Learn German in a highly communicative atmosphere and entail a multidisciplinary approach to the history, politics, society and culture of the German-speaking world.

Saint Louis University offers German studies students opportunities for summer, semester and year-long study abroad programs that count toward degree options, especially through the department’s affiliation agreements with the University of Heidelberg and its U.S. counterpart — Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio — the University of Frankfurt and the University of Stuttgart. Many German majors and minors take advantage of these study abroad opportunities to enhance their studies at SLU and in German, and especially their language skills, cultural competency skills and general knowledge.

Students who pursue a degree in German studies at Saint Louis University are:

  • Intent on becoming conversant in German in order to enhance their global career opportunities in international and domestic business, marketing, law, translation, government service, news service, museums, the publishing industry or international studies.
  • Interested in gaining cultural proficiency in German, thus expanding their horizons and acquiring new perspectives with which to view their own culture.
  • Curious about language, rhetoric and communication.
  • Looking to acquire German as a tool for graduate study in history, political science, library science and countless other fields.

Additional program highlights include:

  • All learning is vigorous, takes place in intimate classroom settings and focuses on intercultural competencies that make students highly competitive in the job market.
  • All instruction is in German and interdisciplinary in nature, combining developing language proficiency with cultural, contemporary and historical, and literary and artistic study pertaining to German.
  • The German faculty covers a broad range of research expertise, ranging from medieval to contemporary and from the visual arts to literature and linguistics.

Curriculum Overview

Upper-division courses are taught in an intimate classroom setting, allowing for greater classroom discussion and unique learning experiences. Students will also have opportunities for extracurricular engagements that can strengthen understanding of the German culture and language.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Benefits of the German studies program also include internship and career opportunities. Department faculty assist students in finding internships both in the St. Louis area and abroad.

Careers

Students who graduate with a degree in German studies from Saint Louis University are prepared to work in a number of rewarding fields, including:

  • Foreign service
  • International business
  • International law
  • Scientific research
  • Social service
  • Translation
  • Museum curation

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.

Freshman

All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 

Transfer

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

1. Graduates will be able to communicate in spoken German at least at the level of Intermediate-High proficiency according to the standards set by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, ACTFL.
2. Graduates will be able to communicate in written German at least at the level of Intermediate-High proficiency according to the standards set by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, ACTFL.
3. Graduates will be able to present their research in a clear and organized manner in German that can be understood by native speakers not accustomed to interacting with the language of language learners.
4. Graduates will be able to investigate the target culture from a variety of cross-cultural perspectives.
5. Graduates will be able to apply the German language to make connections with other disciplines/fields of study.
6. Graduates will be able to read academic publications in German and to synthesize and incorporate content constructively into their research projects.

German students must complete a minimum of 30 credits for the major.

Students who begin their study of German at Saint Louis University above the 2010 level must complete an additional course or courses at the 4000 level to fulfill the major total.

Core Requirements
College core requirements57-66
For additional information about core courses
German Intermediate
GR 2010Intermediate German: Language & Culture3
GR 3010Communicating in German: The German Media3
GR 3020Communicating in German: Contemporary Issues3
GR 3210German Cultural History3
Language Skills
Select one of the following:3
GR 4010
Fluency in German
GR 4250
German for Professional Use
GR 4750
The German Press: Creating a Foreign Language Newspaper
Medieval Course
Select one of the following:3
GR 4500
Courtly Love and Life Portrayed Through Medieval German Literature
GR 4550
History of German Language
GR 4600
Beginning Middle High German Language
GR 4650
Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival: Gender, Race, and Otherness
Modern/Contemporary Courses
Select one of the following:3
GR 4150
Berlin
GR 4200
Modern German Prose and Film
GR 4350
German Cinema--in German
GR 4700
The Culture of The Weimar Republic
Additional 4000 Level German Elective3
German Related Area Elective
Select one of the following:3
GR 4XXX
Any 4000-level German Course
ARTH 3520
Art North Renaissance: Adv Art of Nobles & Merchants in the Northern Renaissance: Advanced
HIST 3100
The Reformation Era
HIST 3140
Twentieth Century Europe: Era of World Wars, 1914-1945
PHIL 4600
History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 4740
Philosophy of Karl Marx
POLS 4630
The European Union: Politics and Political Economy
THEO 3325
The Reformations of the 16th Century
SPAN 4110
Language and Linguistics
Senior Experience
GR 4960German Senior Capstone Project3
General Electives24-33
Total Credits120

Continuation Standards

All German studies major courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher in order to count for the major and for the student to continue in the major.

Bachelor of Arts Core Curriculum Requirements

Please note: beginning in Fall 2022, all incoming SLU undergraduates—regardless of major, program, college or school—will complete the University Core curriculum. You can find more information about SLU’s common Core here: https://www.slu.edu/core/index.php
Core Components and Credits
Foundations of Discourse3
Diversity in the U.S.3
Global Citizenship3
Foreign Language0-9
Fine Arts3
Literature6
Mathematics3
Natural Science6
Philosophy9
Social Science6
Theology9
World History6
Total Credits57-66

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding pre-college level courses numbered below 1000).
  • Complete either the College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Core Curriculum Requirements
  • Complete major requirements: minimum 30 credits required.
  • Complete remaining credits with a second major, minor, certificate, and/or electives to reach the minimum of 120 credits required for graduation.
  • Courses listed under the intensive English program do not count toward graduation requirements. EAP 1500 College Composition for International Students (3 cr), EAP 1900 Rhetoric & Research Strategies (3 cr) and EAP 2850 Nation, Identity and Literature (3 cr) count toward graduation requirements as equivalents to Department of English courses.

    In addition to those courses, six credits from EAP/MLNG courses at the 1000 level or higher may count toward graduation requirements
  • Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, a 2.00 grade point average in the major(s) and a 2.00 grade point average in the minor/certificate, or related elective credits.
  • Complete department/program-specific academic and performance requirements.
  • Complete at least 50% of the coursework for the major and 75% for the minor/certificate through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete 30 of the final 36 credits through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete an online degree application by the required University deadline.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
GR 2010 Intermediate German: Language & Culture 1 3
HIST 1110 Origins of the Modern World to 1500 2 3
ENGL 1900
or ENGL 1940
Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
or Advanced Writing
3
THEO 1000 Theological Foundations 4 3
AS Core (Sciences) 5 3
UNIV 1010 Enhancing First-Year Success 1
 Credits16
Spring
GR 3010 Communicating in German: The German Media 17 3
HIST 1120 Origins of the Modern World (1500 to Present) 2 3
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality 6 3
THEO 2xxx 4 3
ENGL 2xxxLiterature course 7 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
GR 3020 Communicating in German: Contemporary Issues 17 3
HIST 2800 Historian's Craft: Methods Proseminar 8 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics 6 3
AS Core (Diversity of US) 9 3
MATH 1200 College Algebra (or higher) 10 3
 Credits15
Spring
GR 4150/4200/4350 Berlin (modern/contemporary) 14 3
A European History course 8 3
A US History course 8 3
THEO 3xxx 4,12 3
AS Core (Fine Arts) 9 3
 Credits15
Year Three
Fall
GR 3210 German Cultural History 17 3
GR 4010/4250 Fluency in German (language skills) 13 3
A US History course 8 3
A World history course (Non-European & non US history) 8 3
PHIL 3xxx or 4xxx 6,15 3
 Credits15
Spring
GR 4500/4650 Courtly Love and Life Portrayed Through Medieval German Literature (medieval) 16 3
History major elective 8 3
History major elective 8 3
AS Core (Social Sciences) 9 3
AS Core (Sciences) 5 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
GR Elective 3
GR Approved Elective outside Department 3
History major elective 8 3
Select one of the following capstone courses: 8 3
HIST 4900
Seminar in European History  
HIST 4910
Internship/History in Practice  
AS Core (Global Citizenship) 9 3
 Credits15
Spring
GR 4960 German Senior Capstone Project 3
History major elective 8 3
AS Core (Social Sciences) 9 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits121
1

AS Core (Foreign Language); see program notes.

2

AS Core (History).

3

AS Core (Foundations of Discourse).

4

AS Core (Theology).

5

Any biology, chemistry, earth and atmospheric sciences or physics course.

6

AS Core (Philosophy).

7

AS Core (Literature).

8

Second major course, see program notes.

9

See approved list of courses on AS Core website.

10

AS Core (Mathematics).

11

Offered only in spring.

12

If THEO 3325 The Reformations of the 16th Century (3 cr), it can count as the one outside of German elective course for the German major.

13

Can be taken after completing one of the following courses: GR 3010 Communicating in German: The German Media (0,3 cr), GR 3020 Communicating in German: Contemporary Issues (0,3 cr), or GR 3210 German Cultural History (3 cr).

14

Can be taken after completing one of the following courses:  GR 3010 Communicating in German: The German Media (0,3 cr), GR 3020 Communicating in German: Contemporary Issues (0,3 cr), or GR 3210 German Cultural History (3 cr); satisfies AS literature core requirement.

15

If PHIL 4600 History of Modern Philosophy (3 cr) / PHIL 4740 Philosophy of Karl Marx (3 cr), it can count as the one outside of German elective course for the German major.

16

Can be taken after completing one of the following courses:  GR 3010 Communicating in German: The German Media (0,3 cr), GR 3020 Communicating in German: Contemporary Issues (0,3 cr), or GR 3210 German Cultural History (3 cr); GR 4500 Courtly Love and Life Portrayed Through Medieval German Literature (3 cr) & GR 4650 Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival: Gender, Race, and Otherness (3 cr) satisfy AS literature core requirement.

17

Can be taken after completing one of the following courses:  GR 2010 Intermediate German: Language & Culture (0,3 cr), GR 3010 Communicating in German: The German Media (0,3 cr), GR 3020 Communicating in German: Contemporary Issues (0,3 cr), or GR 3210 German Cultural History (3 cr).

Program Notes

If a student places below GR 2010 Intermediate German: Language & Culture (third semester) on the Saint Louis University Placement Exam (SLUPE), the student would first take GR 1010 Communicating in German I and/or GR 1020 Communicating in German II, pending placement exam placement. If a student places above GR 2010 Intermediate German: Language & Culture on the SLUPE, the student would begin their coursework for the German major at either GR 3010 Communicating in German: The German Media or GR 3020 Communicating in German: Contemporary Issues and would take an additional GR 4xxx course to complete the 30 credits in the major.

It is very common for students majoring in a foreign language, German in this case, to have a second major. History was chosen for the purpose of this roadmap as the second major, which many students elect to pursue alongside the German major.

Approved electives offered in other departments for German major:

ARTH 3520Art North Renaissance: Adv Art of Nobles & Merchants in the Northern Renaissance: Advanced3
HIST 3100The Reformation Era3
HIST 3140Twentieth Century Europe: Era of World Wars, 1914-19453
PHIL 4600History of Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 4740Philosophy of Karl Marx3
POLS 4630The European Union: Politics and Political Economy3
THEO 3325The Reformations of the 16th Century3

A student may choose to take the Arts and Sciences Core courses in a different order. This is simply a suggestion, although in the cases of core requirements at different levels, the 1xxx course needs to be taken before a 2xxx, in addition to needing to satisfy prerequisites for those courses.