Major in German

German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union and is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a Medieval city in Germany

The Major in German builds on the Minor by adding fourteen credits at the 300- and 400-level to it. The courses in German must be completed with the grade of C or above (a C- will not qualify).

Core Requirements

Complete 29 credits beyond GER-G132:

  • GER-G 203 and GER-G 204 (Second Year German)
  • GER-G 300, GER-G 340, or GER-G 365
  • One Language Course:
    • GER-G 401: Deutsche Kultur in Amerika (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 423: The Craft of Translation (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 431: Advanced Business German (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 445: Oberstufe: Grammatik (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 465: The Structure of German (3 cr.)
  • One Culture Course:
    • GER-G 407: Knights, God, and the Devil (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 408: Love, Nature, and the Age of Romanticism (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 409: German Myths, Fairy Tales, and Social Transformation (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 410: Language and Identity in Modern German Literature (3 cr.)
    • GER-G 490: Das deutsche Kolloquium (3 cr.)
  • Capstone course GER-G 498, which must be taken during your last year of German study.

Substitutions are allowed with the approval of the German Program Director. A minimum of 21 credit hours must be taken at IUPUI or an IU-administered study abroad program.


Other courses may also be selected based on placement level by test or course work, and/or focus of interest.

  • GER-G 331: Business German (3 cr.)
  • GER-G 333: German Translation Practice (3 cr.)
  • GER-G 340: Deutsch: Schreiben und Sprechen (3 cr.)
  • GER-G 355: Theater Spielen (3 cr.)
  • GER-G 371: Der deutsche Film (3 cr.)
  • GER-G 493: Internship in German (1-6 cr.)

Courses taught in English will not count toward a German degree.

Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes you will be taking to finish your degree to completion.

Transfer Students

Not all previous courses meet the required departmental guidelines. It is strongly recommended that transfer students meet with Kate Miller, Contact Interim Director of the Program in German, in order to avoid conflicts and missing important courses, which may delay your graduation.