Major Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the German major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

German 4-Year Course Schedule

Major Requirements

All majors are required to take an advanced language proficiency exam, normally during the semester in which they complete 24 credits in the major. The College of Letters & Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Majors must register with the program at the beginning of their candidacy.

The major requires a minimum of 30 credits. At least 18 of the 30 credits must be at the 300 level and above and taken in residence at UWM. No more than 18 credits will be accepted from study abroad.

GERMAN 204Fourth-Semester German3
GERMAN 331German Grammar in Practice3
GERMAN 332Presentation and Composition3
GERMAN 333Texts and Contexts3
GERMAN 334Introduction to German Studies3
Select 1 course fulfilling the research requirement3
Select 6 credits from courses taught in the German program numbered between 470 and 4886
Select 6 credits from courses in German at the 300-level and above; OR 3 credits from courses in German at the 300-level and above and 3 credits from pre-approved electives listed below6
Total Credits30

Research Experience

The College of Letters & Science requires students to complete a research experience in their major. Students fulfill this requirement in the context of the following courses. Depending on the course chosen, the research course can also count for the requirement for a 300-level and above course or for a course numbered between 470 and 488, but cannot count for both.  

GERMAN 371German Phonetics3
GERMAN 474German for Professional Purposes3
GERMAN 475Seminar on the History and Structure of German3
GERMAN 478Reading Older German Handwriting3
GERMAN 483Seminar on German Studies:3
GERMAN 484Seminar on Themes and Motifs in German Literature:3

Pre-Approved Electives

ARTHIST 205History of Film I: Development of an Art3
ARTHIST 206History of Film II: Development of an Art3
ARTHIST 357Rococo to Revolution: European Art, 1750-18503
ARTHIST 364Modernism and the Avant-Garde, 1900-19603
ARTHIST 366German Painting, 1800-19333
ARTHIST 465Dada and Surrealist Art3
FILMSTD 205History of Film I: Development of an Art3
FILMSTD 206History of Film II: Development of an Art3
GEOG 330Europe: East and West3
GERMAN 111German Life and Civilization: Part I3
GERMAN 112German Life and Civilization: Part II:3
GERMAN 145Views of Germany:3
HIST 203The History of Medieval Europe: The Early Middle Ages3
HIST 204The History of Medieval Europe: The High Middle Ages3
HIST 241Women and Gender in Europe: 1350 to 17503
HIST 248The First World War3
HIST 249The Second World War in Europe3
HIST 363Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship3
HIST 364The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism & the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933-453
HIST 371Topics in European History:3
HIST 379Introduction to Jewish History3
JEWISH 261Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images3
MUSIC 211General History of Western Music I3
MUSIC 212General History of Western Music II3
MUSIC 246German and French Lyric Diction1
MUSIC 307General History of Western Music III3
MUSIC 311Music of the Baroque Era3
MUSIC 312Music of the Classic Era3
MUSIC 313Music of the Romantic Era3
MUSIC 314Music since 19003
MUSIC 377Song Literature I: Italy, Germany, France, Great Britain2
PHILOS 435Existentialism3
PHILOS 437Phenomenology3
POL SCI 334German Politics and the New Europe3
POL SCI 339European Integration3
POL SCI 382Modern Political Thought3