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Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literatures

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

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

Requirements for the B.A. Major

Germanic Languages & Literatures Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in the following 2 areas:

  • Intermediate Composition and Grammar. Satisfied by 2 courses from the following:
    GERM 340 Deutsche Grammatik (3)
    GERM 344 German History and Writing Practice (3)
    GERM 348 German Culture and Writing Practice (3)
  • Introductory Literature. Satisfied by 2 courses from the following:
    GERM 400 Introduction to German Literary Masterpieces (3)
    GERM 408 Introduction to German Literature I (3)
    GERM 416Introduction to German Literature II (3).

Germanic Languages & Literatures Required Electives. Satisfied by at least 6 courses (18 hours), of which 2 courses (6 hours) must be literature.

  • Literature Electives. Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours):
    GERM 504 German Poetry (3)
    GERM 568 German Literature from 1750-1805 (3)
    GERM 572 German Literature from 1805-1890 (3)
    GERM 576 German Literature from 1890-Present (3)
    GERM 608 German Literature from the Beginning t 1750 (3)
    GERM 614 Courses in Representative Authors:_____________ (3)
    GERM 616 Topics in German Literature:_____________ (3)

Department Electives. Satisfied by 4 additional courses (12 hours) offered through the Germanic Languages and Literatures department.

Germanic Languages & Literatures Capstone Experience. Majors must complete one 3-hour capstone course numbered 500 or higher within the department.

Germanic languages & literatures majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad and should discuss this opportunity with their advisers.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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 American studies.

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