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German Studies

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School of Arts and Humanities
Ridge Walk Academic Complex, Arts and Humanities Building, Room 655

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

Program Description

German studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers both a major and a minor for students with broad academic interests in the German-speaking world.

In consultation with the program director and undergraduate adviser, students design individual plans of study from the many core courses offered in the Departments of History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre and Dance. Further courses, including some offered by other departments, may be incorporated into the student’s program if they bear directly on German studies. Students considering a major or minor should consult a member of the German studies faculty as early as possible.

Students need to attain competence in German (two years of university-level language courses or the equivalent) before they can take certain required upper-division courses. It is recommended that students attain this level of competence early in the program.

Study Abroad

All German studies students are strongly encouraged to study abroad as an integral part of their program. The UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) conducts formal programs of study in Germany ranging from one-quarter, intensive beginning language programs to a full year of study at a German university. Students may petition to use up to five courses completed while studying abroad in their major, and three in their minor.

Senior Honors Thesis

At the beginning of their senior year, German studies majors may elect to write a senior honor’s thesis. To be eligible, the student must have a GPA of 3.5 in the German studies major at the beginning of their senior year.

To begin work, the student forms a committee of three appropriate faculty members, including a committee chair, who is chosen from among the German studies core faculty. The chair supervises the student in a two-quarter program of independent study to research and write an honor’s thesis of approximately thirty to fifty pages (GMST 196A/B; the two courses count among the required twelve for the major). The student defends the thesis in a one-hour oral exam with the full committee, which is charged with recommending the degree of honors that will appear on the student’s transcript and diploma.

The Major

The major in German studies requires twelve upper-division courses (forty-eight units) chosen from the core course list, and includes

  • German Studies I and II (LTGM 100 and 101)
  • Three courses in German literature
  • Two courses in history
  • Five additional core courses, taken in at least two different departments. At least two of these courses must be taken outside the literature department.

Students plan their major in consultation with the program director and undergraduate adviser.

The Minor

The minor in German studies consists of seven courses (twenty-eight units), at least five of which must be upper division and taken from at least two different departments. Language courses are not required for this minor, but please note that some upper-division courses may have prerequisites.

Students plan their major in consultation with the program director and undergraduate adviser.


Courses marked with an asterisk (*) frequently cover topics bearing on German studies. Students should check the departments’ quarterly course descriptions and yearly course spreads for their applicability to the program and discuss them in advance with their German studies adviser.

German Studies

GMST 196A-B. Honors Thesis


HIEU 125. Reformation Europe

HIEU 132. Germany from Luther to Bismarck

HIEU 142. European Intellectual History: 1780–1870

HIEU 143. European Intellectual History: 1870–1945

HIEU 145. The Holocaust as Public History

HIEU 146. Fascism, Communism, and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy: Europe 1919–1945

HIEU 154. Modern German History: From Bismarck to Hitler

HIEU 158. Why Hitler? How Auschwitz?


LIGM 1A/1AX. German Conversation/Analysis of German

LIGM 1B/1BX. German Conversation/Analysis of German

LIGM 1C/1CX. German Conversation/Analysis of German

LIGM 1D/1DX. German Conversation/Analysis of German


LTGM 2A. Intermediate German I

LTGM 2B. Intermediate German II

LTGM 2C. Intermediate German III

LTGM 100. German Studies I: Aesthetic Cultures

LTGM 101. German Studies II: National Identities

LTGM 130. German Literary Prose

LTGM 132. German Poetry

LTGM 190. Seminars in German Culture

*LTEU 110. European Romanticism

*LTEU 111. European Realism

LTEU 130. German Literature in Translation

*LTWL 160. Women and Literature

*LTWL 172. Special Topics in Literature

*LTWL 176. Literature and Ideas*

*LTWL 180. Film Studies and Literature: Film History

*LTWL 183. Film Studies and Literature: Director’s Work


*MUS 113. Topics in Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music


PHIL 106. Kant

PHIL 107. Hegel

*PHIL 108. Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

PHIL 180. Phenomenology

PHIL 181. Existentialism

*PHIL 183. Topics in Continental Philosophy

Political Science

POLI 110C. Revolution and Reaction: Political Thought from Kant to Nietzsche

POLI 114B. Marxist Political Thought

POLI 120B. The German Political System

POLI 120D. Germany: Before, During, and After Division

*POLI 120H. European Integration


SOCI 178. The Holocaust

Theatre and Dance

*TDHT 101. Topics in Dramatic Literature and Theatre History