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Pathways to the German Studies Major


There are many ways to complete the requirements for a German Studies major. The table below outlines just 4 different options.

Note that a German Studies major does not preclude majoring or minoring in another department. In fact, every current German Studies major is a double major.

The most popular combinations with a German Studies major have in recent years:

  • International Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology 
  • Human Biology

German Studies majors have also double majored in:

  • Italian
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Music
  • Physics
It is conceivable that any combination of another major with a German Studies major is possible.

Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite for choosing to major in German. In the last seven years 38% of all majors started their study in German 101, 41% in German 201, and 21% in German 301/320.

 

Elementary Student 

Intermediate Student

Intermediate Student

Advanced Student

Year 1

101 & 102

201 & 202

201 & 202

301 & 302

Summer 1

201 & 202 in Vienna

370A & 370B in Vienna

x

x

Year 2

320 & 321

301 & 302

301 & 302

320 & 321

Summer 2

AmCham Internship

x

370A & 370B in Vienna

AmCham Internship

Year 3

401 & 402

401 & 402 & 340

401 & semester abroad

401 & 402 & 340

Summer 3

SIRE-funded research for Honor’s thesis

AmCham Internship

x

SIRE-funded research for Honor’s thesis

Year 4

403 & 404 & thesis

403 & 404

403 & 404

403 & 404 & thesis

 

Notes:

  • Any 400-level course can count toward the major, not just those listed above. 401, 402, 403, 404 are course numbers for 400-level courses that were selected for illustrative purposes only.
  • “x” refers to a summer that was not spent engaged in German Studies through Emory. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!