B.A. in German

The academic program leading to a B.A. in German offers a wide range of courses to meet the diverse needs of today's student population. The undergraduate curriculum includes coursework in language, literature, linguistics and culture. In addition, students can select courses in translation and German for business. To ensure that all students develop advanced language competency, the German Program places great importance on small-sized participatory classes, which maximize opportunities to communicate in German.
Innovative teaching methods, films, multimedia and online materials enhance classroom interaction and enrich the academic experience. In addition, excellent computer facilities and a Foreign Language Multimedia Lab provide support for our academic program.
The German major consists of 30 units of upper division coursework. Up to 16 units of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required to begin the major.

German (B.A.) — 30 units

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses (15 units)

  • GER 305 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • GER 325 Applied German Linguistics: Phonetics and Phonology
  • GER 401 German Culture and Civilization
  • GER 510 German Literature I
  • GER 511 German Literature II

Upper division electives (15 units)

on advisement
Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

Writing in the Major

Students must complete the University's GWAR requirement by taking GER 350GW, MLL 400GW or CWL 400GW.

Complementary Studies

Required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in German are 12 units of Complementary Studies, which must come from courses bearing a prefix other than GER, and not cross-listed with GER. Complementary Studies for the German major can be satisfied via four possible routes: (1) 12 units in any foreign language other than German (may include up to 3 units of FL prefix courses); (2) 12 units of course work taken in an approved study abroad program (including CSU Study Abroad and SF State Bilateral); (3) 12 units of course work taken as partial completion of a second major, a minor or a certificate; (4) 12 units of course work in related disciplines with the approval of a German Program advisor. Related disciplines typically include linguistics, literature, communication, Jewish studies, philosophy, history, humanities, education, and any aspect of Europe.
Where a course with a non-GER prefix, (and not cross-listed with GER), is taken as a core requirement or elective for the German major, the said course may also (doubly) count towards Complementary Studies only via the Study Abroad option or the 2nd Major/Minor/Certificate option listed above. Students satisfying Complementary Studies through the Foreign Language option are allowed a maximum of 3 units of overlap of FL-prefix courses between German major and Complementary Studies units.
Students satisfying Complementary Studies through the Related Subjects option are not allowed to double-count major and Complementary Studies units.