BA with a Major in Germanic Studies

Majors in Germanic Studies must complete either the Germanic Studies Concentration or the German with a Business Minor Concentration.

Degree Requirements—Germanic Studies—Concentration I

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Germanic Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Concentration I Requirements31
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours89
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Concentration I Requirements

Required Courses
GER 211Exploring German-Speaking Cultures3
or GER 212 Rural, Urban, Global: Germanic Geographies
GER 300Writing in the Study of German a1
GER 401Research in German Studies3
Nine additional hours of 300- and 400-level Germanic Studies courses. b9
15 hours of additional Germanic Studies courses. Program must be approved by major advisor. b,c15
Total Hours31
a

GER 300 fulfills the  LAS Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. Must be taken concurrently with a course that receives credit toward a major offered by the Department of Germanic Studies.

b

No more than two courses taught in English may count toward the major.

c

GER 104 is one of the designated Germanic Studies courses.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
GER 101 Elementary German I 4
Quantitative Reasoning 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-17
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
GER 102 Elementary German II 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
GER 103 Intermediate German I 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
GER 104 Intermediate German II 4
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
GER 211
Exploring German-Speaking Cultures
or Rural, Urban, Global: Germanic Geographies
3
German Elective 3-4
Electives 9
 Hours15-16
Spring Semester
GER 3xx or GER 4xx 3
German Elective 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
GER 401 Research in German Studies 3
GER 3xx or GER 4xx 3
German Elective 3
GER 300 Writing in the Study of German a 1
Electives 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
GER 3xx or GER 4xx 3
German Elective 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

GER 300 fulfills the LAS Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement. Must be taken concurrently with a course that receives credit toward a major offered by the Department of Germanic Studies.

Note: Study Abroad is strongly recommended during a summer session and/or Junior year.