German Department

Major & Minor

A 12-semester-hour competency (through third-semester 201) level in German is required for the bachelor of arts degree and for certain preprofessional programs. This requirement may be satisfied only by successful completion of 201, or a higher level course, on the Hillsdale campus.

Students who arrive with a 12-semester-hour competency, as determined exclusively by the Hillsdale College placement test, must take at least one course at Hillsdale College above the 201 level in German in order to satisfy the requirement. No student may fulfill the B.A. degree language requirement by means of the placement exam alone.

If a student has more than four hours of Advanced Placement credit in German, or if a student has transferred or is expected to transfer more than four hours of German credit from another institution, said student is NOT eligible to take the CLEP exam in German for credit.

German Major & Minor

For a major in German, students may pursue a Literature or a Language track.

Literature Track

A major degree in German (Literature Track) requires a minimum of 24 credit hours beyond the 201 level and shall include:

  • German 202: Intermediate German

Students must also take a minimum of nine hours from the following:

  • German 303: German Composition, Conversation & Grammar I
  • German 304: German Composition, Conversation & Grammar II
  • German 399: Advanced Written & Spoken German I
  • German 400: Advanced Written & Spoken German II
  • German 350: Study in a German-Speaking Country

In addition, students must take at least four of the following literature courses:

  • German 412: Classical German Literature (The Age of Goethe)
  • German 413: Nineteeth-Century German Literature
  • German 414: Twentieth-Century German Literature
  • German 420: German Literature & Culture from the Middle Ages to the 18th-Century
  • German 493: Seminar in German

Language Track

A major degree in German (Language Track) requires a minimum of 24 credit hours beyond the 201 level and shall comprise:

  • German 202: Intermediate German

Students must also take a minimum of nine hours from the following:

  • German 412: Classical German Literature (The Age of Goethe)
  • German 413: Nineteeth-Century German Literature
  • German 414: Twentieth-Century German Literature
  • German 420: German Literature & Culture from the Middle Ages to the 18th-Century
  • German 493: Seminar in German

In additon, students must take at least four of the following language courses:

  • German 303: German Composition, Conversation & Grammar I
  • German 304: German Composition, Conversation & Grammar II
  • German 399: Advanced Written & Spoken German I
  • German 400: Advanced Written & Spoken German II
  • German 350: Study in a German-Speaking Country

German Minor

A minor in German shall consist of a minimum of nine credit hours beyond the 201 B.A. requirement level and must include:

German 202: Intermediate German

Students must also take one course from the following:

  • German 303: German Composition, Conversation & Grammar I
  • German 304: German Composition, Conversation & Grammar II
  • German 350: Study in a German-Speaking Country
  • German 399: Advanced Written & Spoken German I
  • German 400: Advanced Written & Spoken German II

In addition, students must take one 400-level literature course.