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. 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.

German (B.A.) — 44 units

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses (26 units)

  • GER 101 First Semester German
  • GER 102 Second Semester German
  • GER 206 Intermediate German Conversation
  • GER 207 Intermediate German
  • GER 305 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • GER 330 German Language & Society or MLL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Language
  • GER 350GW Translation Workshop or MLL 400GW Reading and Analysis of Cultural Texts

And select one from the following:

  • GER 510 German Literature I
  • GER 511 German Literature II
  • GER 530 Die Deutsche Romantik
  • GER 535 The German Novella of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • GER 556 19th and 20th-Century German Plays

Upper division electives (18 units)

Any upper-division course (GER 300+) can be counted as an elective.
Up to 21 units may be taken through the CSU International Program in Germany. These units must be upper division and must be approved by a German advisor.
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 MLL-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.

Obtaining major credit for your high school AP exam in German

Students may receive credit towards the lower division requirements for the major with the appropriate scores on Advanced Placement Exams.
AP Score / Major Credit
Score 3 / 8 units [equivalent to GER 101 and 102]
Score 4 / 11 units [equivalent to GER 101, 102 and 206]
Score 5 / 14 units [equivalent to GER 101, 102, 206 and 207]
See the University policy on AP exam credit here
To obtain approval of AP credits for use toward the German Major, the student must meet with his/her German Major Advisor. Please bring your SF State unofficial transcript, Transfer Credit Report and a copy of your AP exam score report.