BA in German Studies

Interdisciplinary in nature, the BA in German Studies gives students the opportunity to explore the German language and intellectual tradition through literary and nonliterary texts, film, and material culture, while including perspectives of a variety of fields, including Art History, History, Film and Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, or Political Science.

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 Studies. 
  • Courses taken in other departments must be approved by the German Program for concentration credit.

Course Requirements

  • At least five courses above the intermediate level (GER 4) taught in German (for example GER 21, 22, 34, 44, 61, 62), which must include: 
    • GER 121: Advanced German
    • One 100-level course taught in German (GER 175, 178, or 182)
  • Five additional courses covering German subject matter taught through at least three departments such as Art History, German, History, Music, Philosophy, or Political Science.

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.