panel-plan-of-study, Academics | Earlham College Skip to Content

General Education Requirements

The Program offers three courses that fulfill the Language component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, GER 101, 102 and 201; four courses that fulfill the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, GER 304, 344, 345 and 346; and one course to fulfill the Writing Intensive Requirement, GER 304. A number of General Education Requirements may also be fulfilled through off-campus study.

Note: GER 344 New Voices: German Jewish Writers and GER 345 New Voices: Germans of Color are both offered for seven weeks in German and seven weeks in English. Students who register for both seven-week courses in German or in English may receive 4 credits to complete the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement.

Program Options

Students may major or minor in German. All majors participate in an off-campus study program in a German-speaking country. Students majoring in German may apply three courses from Earlham's Germany/Austria Program toward the Major. Those who minor in German may apply two courses from Earlham's Germany/Austria Program toward the Minor. Some General Education Requirements can be completed in these programs.

The Major

German majors must take:

  • 28 credits at the 300-level or above.
  • Both of the following courses:
    • GER 454 Drama and Dramatic Tradition
    • GER 455 German Narrative
  • At least one of the following:
    • GER 343 Women in German Literature and Culture
    • GER 344 New Voices: German Jewish Writers
    • GER 345 New Voices: Germans of Color
  • At least one of the following:
    • GER 346 Classic and Contemporary German Film
    • GER 407 Translation: Theory and Practice
    • GER 408 Contemporary German-Speaking Countries
  • German majors may take up to two electives outside the German Program, chosen from the following:
    • TESO 344 Studies in Language Learning and Teaching
    • TESO 345 Linguistics
    • TESO 348 Sociolinguistics
    • PHIL 365 Philosophy of Language
  • Students wishing to choose electives not listed here may do so with the consent of the German faculty.

The Minor

German minors must complete:

  • 16 credits at the 300-level or above.
  • At least one of the following:
    • GER 454 Drama and Dramatic Tradition
    • GER 455 German Narrative
  • At least two of the following:
    • GER 343 Women in German Literature and Culture
    • GER 344 New Voices: German Jewish Writers
    • GER 345 New Voices: Germans of Color
    • GER 346 Classic and Contemporary German Film
    • GER 407 Translation: Theory and Practice
    • GER 408 Contemporary German-Speaking Countries
  • German minors may take one elective outside the German Program, chosen from the following:
    • TESO 344 Studies in Language Learning and Teaching
    • TESO 345 Linguistics
    • TESO 348 Sociolinguistics
    • PHIL 365 Philosophy of Language
  • Students wishing to choose an elective not listed here may do so with the consent of the German faculty.