BA in German Language & Cultural Studies

NOTE: This degree is offered for students who matriculated in Fall 2023 or earlier.

Students who select the BA in German Language and Cultural Studies engage in the study of German language, literary and nonliterary texts, film, and material culture, leading to a deeper understanding of German culture as well as transcultural competency. They may focus their course work on a particular author, period, or paradigm and are encouraged to consider broader questions about the nature of interpretation and literary criticism.  

Questions about program requirements should be addressed to the following faculty members:

German Program Director, Markus Wilczek
German Language Coordinator, Saskia Stoessel

Program Requirements and Policies

  • Ten courses are required for the BA in German Language & Cultural Studies. 
  • Students majoring in German should take advantage of our many language/culture courses taught solely in German (GER 21, 22, 34, 44, 61, 62 and varying 100-level literature/culture courses). 

Course Requirements

  • Nine courses above the intermediate level (GER 4), which must include: 
    • German 121: Advanced German
    • One 100-level course taught in German (GER 175, 178, or 182)
  • One course in a related field – to be approved by German program faculty

Tufts-in-Tübingen Program

Students in both German majors can take advantage of this unique opportunity to spend a semester or year of their Junior or Senior year abroad examining the culture of German-speaking countries within the larger European context. With approval of the Tufts-in-Tübingen resident director, courses taken in German at the University of Tübingen in areas such as Politikwissenschaft, Volkswirtschaft, Geschichte, Volkskunde, Sozial- and Kulturwissenschaft, Germanistik and Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft will count toward the concentration requirement of nine German courses beyond the intermediate level (GER 4) and the one course in a related field. Upon returning to Tufts-Medford, two 100- level courses taught in German (GER 121 and either GER 175, 178, or 182) will be required.