Major and Minor

German programs promote intercultural competence in a changing international environment. German thought is fundamental to many of our academic disciplines. Therefore, German at Hopkins offers a wide range of courses from introductory language to advanced conversation and composition, business German, genre and stylistics as well as literary, philosophical and cultural topics to accommodate students with different interests and varying levels of language proficiency.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

German at Hopkins is a small but intensely active and well-known program. Its very smallness assures close contact between students and faculty and very individualized advising. Juniors benefit from our participation in the Berlin Consortium of German Studies (BCGS), which tutors and advises students in their direct enrollment in courses at the Freie Universitat and other Berlin universities. We also offer scholarships for summer language study abroad in any German speaking country. German at Hopkins has been a leading force in contemporary literary criticism and it is recognized for its strength not only in German literature from the baroque to contemporary literature, but also for its interdisciplinary offerings at the intersection of literature, philosophy, Jewish, gender, media and cultural studies. In addition to our own distinguished faculty, the department has regular visitors from European universities offering seminars.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • The appropriate level of German
  • German Freshman seminar, and/or German course taught in English
  • Consider an elective N, Q or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective S course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective course
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in German:

  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Developing critical thinking
  • Analyzing and translating content
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Comparing translations and interpretations
  • Reporting and editing information

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