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Requirements for the Major

Students can choose a concentration in German Studies or specialize in STEM-German. We regret that, due to recent retirements, we cannot at this time offer a concentration in Scandinavian Studies. Prerequisites for the German concentration are GERMAN 110, 120, 230, 240, or their equivalents. Students interested in applying for the major should meet with the undergraduate program director, who will help them determine their language proficiency. In general, four years of high school German should guarantee proficiency through the 240 level (one year of high school German equals approximately one semester of university German). Students must complete 10 major courses. For the German concentration, these include courses in advanced German language, culture, and composition. All students choose electives in history and society, literature and linguistics, film and visual culture, and cultural studies. In their senior year, majors in both concentrations must also complete a capstone project under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Students may readily combine a German major with courses in a different field. Our students frequently have a second major or a minor in Anthropology, Linguistics, History, Political Science, Business, English, Environmental Studies, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism Management or one of the many other languages offered at UMass. Double majors are encouraged.


Students interested in German who are a part of the College of Engineering, the College of Information and Computer Sciences, and the College of Natural Sciences are encouraged to pursue the STEM-German concentration through iSTEP (international Science Technology & Engineering Programs). iSTEP is an innovative academic program that allows students to pursue a double major or dual degree in a science major and a secondary major in STEM-German. Flexible degree timelines and individual advising make the completion of the program possible. Students are prepared for future international careers and research collaboration via language and culture classes focused on professional skills. iSTEP studens also receive individual advising on their course of study for both majors, counseling on study abroad oppportunities, and help with internship placement in Germany and with German companies in the US. 



German Concentration


Prerequisites: German 110, 120, 230, and 240 or their equivalents


Group A – Four German language courses above the 240 (4th semester) level
GERMAN 310: Advanced German I

GERMAN 311: Reading German Culture

GERMAN: 320 Advanced German II

GERMAN: 425 Advanced German III (Topics in German Studies)

*Or their equivalents*


Group B – Six additional courses, approved by German and Scandinavian Studies from the following areas:
1. History and Society 

2. Literature and Linguistics

3. Film and Visual Culture

4. Cultural Studies

5. Junior Year Writing+

6. Capstone/Integrative Experience+


Junior Year Writing must be replaced by an approved elective course if taken in another major

Exceptions, equivalencies, approvals, and substitutions may be made by the Undergraduate Adviser


Scandinavian Concentration


We are sorry that we cannot offer a Scandinavian concentration right now.


STEM-German Concentration


Prerequisites: German 110 and 120 or their equivalents. Students should also complete German 111: STEM-German I and 121: STEM-German II 


Group A – At least 18 credits in German language courses at the German 230 level and above 

GERMAN 230: Intermediate German I (3 credits)
GERMAN 231: STEM German III (1 credit)
GERMAN 240: Intermediate German II (3 credits)
GERMAN 241: STEM German IV (1 credit)
GERMAN 312: Advanced Scientific & Technical German I (3 credits)
GERMAN 322: Advanced Scientific & Technical German II (3 credits)
Independent Study or Internship in Germany (1-8 credits)
*Or their equivalents*


Group B – At least 12 credits in additional courses approved by German and Scandinavian Studies 

+ Junior Year Writing and Capstone/Integrative Experience may count toward Part B if taken in German & Scandinavian Studies

+ Credit hours earned through Independent Study or Internship in Germany may count toward Part B if those credits are not applied to Part A.


* Exceptions, equivalencies, approvals, and substitutions may be made by the Undergraduate Adviser or by the Director of iSTEP: international Science Technology & Engineering Programs

**Students interested in the STEM-German Major Concentration should meet with the iSTEP Director, Dr. Julia Feldhaus. To set up an advising appointment, email: