German Undergraduate Program - Herzlich Willkommen in der Germanistik Abteilung!

The German Program

The German language concentration is part of the Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures (BALC). We offer both a major and minor option in our German program:

  • The German language major consists of any 10 courses in German, a second language requirement of 4 courses (through the 202 level), a course in linguistics and another course in a content area related to the major. 
  • The German language minor consists of any 6 courses in the language. You can start your minor with GER 101 or higher, for a total of 6 courses, taken in consultation with the program advisor.

You can also complete the language requirements for another departmental major with our German courses, including 101-202 and/or German culture cluster courses.

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Course Offerings

For a complete list of courses, consult the official Course Catalog.

  • We offer the following courses every semester as well as in the summer:
    • GER 101 & 102 (first year)
    • GER 201 & 202 (second year).
  • We offer several German Culture Cluster courses in English (please note these do not count toward the major or minor in German):
    • EGE 323: Austrian Civilization
    • EGE 403: 20th Century German Masterpieces
    • EGE 404: Postwar German Literature and Film
    • EGE 405: A Survey of German Film
    • EGE 408: Masterpieces of Modern German Theater
    • EGE 409: Impact of the Holocaust on Literature and Film
  • You can take the following courses in German during the fall or spring semesters, as scheduled:
    • GER 303: Advanced German Grammar and Composition: A review of the grammatical and syntactical structures of the language with an emphasis on writing style.
    • GER 307: Advanced Oral German: Intensive drill in the oral use of the language to develop proficiency in listening comprehension and speaking.
    • GER 310: Business German.
    • GER 315: Developing Proficiency.
    • GER 322: Austrian Civilization: Turn of the Century Vienna: An examination of the politics and society of the period as well as its contributions in the arts, psychology, literature, music and philosophy.
    • New GER 325: Course topics include: an overview of the historical development of Germanic languages, including Dutch, English and Scandinavian languages and distinct dialects such as Swiss & Austrian dialects, Bavarian, and Yiddish; and the use of German in an international context, in literature, the youth culture, and in contemporary media.
    • GER 350/351: German Civilization: An analysis of the major contributions of German civilization to Western culture in the areas of art, music, science, and literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
    • GER 401: The Age of Goethe: Masterpieces of the Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, and Classicism.
    • GER 403: 20th Century German Masterpieces. An in-depth analysis of the works of Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Gunter Grass, Heinrich Boell, Christa Wolf, Herta Mueller, and W.G. Sebald.
    • GER 404: German Artists as Social Conscience: Postwar German Literature and Film: An examination of the political and social issues of postwar Germany through an analysis of literary and cinematic texts. Topics include: the Holocaust, Nazism, WWII, the Economic Miracle, terrorism, the feminist and peace movements, reunification.
    • GER 405: A Survey of German Film: An analysis of German films from Expressionism to the present. Films are examined in terms of their political and social context and as works of art.
    • GER 407: German Lyric Poetry: Modern German poetry.
    • GER 408: Modern German Drama.
    • GER 410 and GER 411 are advanced topics seminars.
    • GER 413: Impact of the Holocaust on Literature and Film
  • And our new graduate courses in German:
    • GER 500 20th Century German Culture
    • GER 505 Survey of German Film
    • GER 508 Modern German Theater
    • GER 525 German Linguistics

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Study Abroad Options and Student Activities

We encourage our students to study abroad in Vienna, Austria during summer session I. The WCU Vienna German-language Immersion Summer Program, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Moser, offers students the possibility of earning up to 6 transfer credits during a four-week intensive immersion program.

Financial assistance for study abroad is available on a competitive basis through several departmental awards.

You can consult the German Study Abroad page for more information.

German Club activities include group get-togethers in German with the German Club Advisor, Dr. Joseph Moser, and trips and other cultural activities.


Students can also obtain Pennsylvania K-12 teaching certification in German, in conjunction with the College of Education here at West Chester University. You can consult the Certification page for further information and requirements.


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