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Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literatures

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

GERM 104, GERM 108, GERM 212, and GERM 216 should be completed as early as possible.

Requirements for the B.A. Major

In addition to the College language requirement, the German major requires 30 hours in courses numbered 300 and above. After completion of the basic language requirement (GERM 216 or equivalent), prospective majors must complete 4 required intermediate core courses: 2 intermediate composition courses selected from GERM 340, GERM 344, and GERM 348; and 2 introductory literature courses selected from GERM 400, GERM 408, and GERM 416. In addition to the intermediate core courses (12 hours), 15 hours of course work at the 500 level and above are required. Included among these 15 hours must be 6 hours of literature. Students complete the required 30 hours with one additional elective from any course numbered 300 or above.

The following chart offers guidance in completing the major requirements within 4 years.

First–Fourth Semesters: Completion of proficiency requirements (GERM 216 or equivalent)  
Fifth Semester: 2 courses at 300/400 level 6
Sixth Semester: 2 courses at 300/400 level 6
Seventh Semester: 3 courses at 500 level or above 9
Eighth Semester: 2 courses at 500 level or above and 1 elective 9
Total   30

To avoid scheduling difficulties, particularly for double majors, early completion of the proficiency requirements (GERM 216 or equivalent) is highly advisable.

Residence Requirement

12 hours beyond the basic language requirement must be taken in residence at KU, with a minimum of 6 hours in courses numbered 500 or above.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for Germanic languages and literatures.

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