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Linguistics and German


Successful completion of four courses in German (12 credits): 110, 120, 230 and 240 (or equivalent). Thirty credits distributed between Linguistics and German, including all of the following:


Linguistics courses:
201 Introduction to Linguistics Theory
401 Introduction to Syntax
402 Speech Sounds and Structure
411 Introduction to Language Acquisition
414 Introductory Phonetics for Linguists


German courses:
310 Advanced German I
320 Advanced German II
425 Advanced Composition
584 The German Language or 585 The Structure of German


Students are encouraged also to take graduate courses in the older Germanic languages for undergraduate credit (e.g., German 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 810, 811, 812). They may also opt to take courses in German literature or civilization, and courses, including language instruction, in Danish, Dutch, or Swedish.


Junior Year Writing requirement:
All majors must complete the Junior Year Writing requirement in either department. The departmental website lists courses that satisfy the requirement. The course need not be taken in the junior year.


Common requirements for all majors:
A grade of C or better must be earned in any course used to satisfy major requirements.


College of Humanities and Fine Arts requirement:

  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.


See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about College requirements.


University Graduation requirements:

See the Undergraduate Program Guide for more details about University graduation requirements, including General Education requirements.