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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.

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 students also receive individual advising on their course of study for both majors, counseling on study abroad opportunities, and help with internship placement in Germany and with German companies in the US.

Prerequisites for the German Studies concentration are GERMAN 110,120, 230, and 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.

Prerequisites for the STEM-German concentration are GERMAN 110 and 120 or their equivalents. Students in the STEM-German concentration should also complete German 111: STEM-German I and German 121: STEM-German II. Student must complete at least 18 credits of language courses and 12 credits of additional courses approved by German Studies. Students in the STEM-German concentration may apply some approved internship credits toward these major requirements.

In their senior year, majors in both concentrations must also complete a capstone project under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

German Studies Concentration


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:

History and Society
Literature and Linguistics
Film and Visual Culture
Cultural Studies
Junior Year Writing+
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


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: