The German Studies Minor is designed to provide proficiency in written and spoken German, as well as a thorough acquaintance with German-speaking culture, society, and history. Students are also trained in advanced study and independent research.
The department offers a variety of courses for the minor. Listed below are the requirements for completing a German Studies Minor, and a note about related courses that may be taken in order to complete all of the requirements. The department’s policy is to maintain a balance between language and literature.
All courses counted toward the minor must be taken for a letter grade. Students must fulfill the following requirements.
For quick reference, we have provided a PDF Checklist of requirements for the minor.
German 1, 2, 3, and 4 or equivalent. If these courses are taken at UC Berkeley, students must complete each level before proceeding to the next one. Students who have prior knowledge of German but are uncertain as to the appropriate level of instruction they need to continue should contact the German Language Program Coordinator, Nikolaus Euba.
A minimum of five upper-division courses totaling at least 15 units, at least three courses and nine units of which must be taken at Berkeley. Students must enroll in at least two courses in which knowledge of German is required. One of the five courses should deal with broader socio-cultural, historical issues. A letter grade of "C" or better is required for each upper-division course applied to the minor.
The following courses are required:
- German 100 (core course (3 units))
- German 101 (core course (3 units))
- German 103 (core course (3 units); only offered in the fall)
- 1 upper-division German course (in English or German)
- 1 upper-division course (texts in English, German, Dutch, or Yiddish literature and culture) offered by the German Department or 1 upper-division course related to Germany or Europe offered by an affiliated department
If a student has completed at least 15 upper-division units with a grade average of no less than "B," the student has the option to enroll in German 198/199 to study in a group or independently (this course may not be counted toward the 15-unit total).
A minor does not need to be formally declared; yet during the last semester of a student’s minor program, the student must file a petition to declare the minor with the Undergraduate Adviser, Nadia Samadi. Students may also consider pursuing a major, Honors, or a double major.
Please consult Nadia Samadi for further information before registering for courses to be applied to the minor, or when there are questions or doubts about these requirements.