Modern Languages - BA, German Option

The department offers a wide range of courses in Modern Languages at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum as part of its mission to support and advance the international and global competencies of university students. At present, students can earn a BA in Modern Languages with options in French, German or Russian. Courses are designed to offer students extended study of the language, literatures, and cultures of these language communities. The department insists on a high competence in the language, which is the basis for all other options. Students will be required to complete, by coursework or placement test, all 100- and 200-level courses in sequence (except FREN 221/FREN 222, GERM 221/GERM 222 and RUSS 221/RUSS 222, which are taken concurrently) before taking any upper-level course, unless an upper-level course permits co-registration or skipping a lower course in the sequence (see inventory of courses for prerequisites). Once a student has received credit for a higher-level language course, the student is no longer eligible to receive credit for prerequisite courses. In addition to classes at the College Station campus, the department offers summer study abroad programs for credit. Departmental faculty and advising staff also work closely with students to match their interests with semester and full-year programs abroad.

Required Courses
GERM 201Intermediate German I3
or GERM 221   or Field Studies I 
GERM 202Intermediate German II3
or GERM 222   or Field Studies II 
GERM 310Composition3
GERM 315Literary Investigations: German Short Fiction3
GERM 300 to 499 121
Minor Requirement
All majors must select 15-18 hours in a minor field of study 215-18
Study Abroad Requirement
All German majors are required to study abroad 3
College, University Requirement
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature in English6
Mathematics 46
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Life and physical sciences9
Social and behavioral science6
American history6
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
International and cultural diversity 5
General electives18-21
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Minor Field of Study

All Modern Language majors must select a minor field of study from departments or divisions within or outside of the College of Liberal Arts or in a particular area of interest (as in the case of interdisciplinary minors). The minor will consist of a minimum of 15 hours of coursework, as defined by the minor department. No more than 9 credit hours may be at the 100-299 level. Interdisciplinary minors such as women’s and gender studies, classical studies, religious studies, and business have specific requirements; students should consult undergraduate advisors in these areas of study. A second major may substitute for the minor. Courses used to meet the minor requirements may not be used in the major. See also the statement on "Minor Field of Study" under the general requirements of the College of Liberal Arts. In general, the careful combination of foreign language skills with other major curricula enhances preparation for careers in business, industry and government. Teaching certification is available to majors through the College of Education and Human Development. Consult the College of Education and Human Development section under secondary teacher certification for additional information.

Study Abroad Requirement

All German majors are required to study for one semester or summer in a German-speaking country approved by the department.

Any departmental major must earn a "C" or better in all major and minor coursework.

Other courses may qualify for the college and university requirements categories. Students should consult the approved list of courses available in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts. The lists incorporate University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category.