Degree or Program Details

German Studies Major

This is a transnational and interdisciplinary major that encompasses the various German-speaking regions of central Europe and offers an intellectually diverse program—covering literature, history, politics, the arts, philosophy, and business. Currently Germany is a leading trade partner and ally of the U.S. and is a linchpin in the European Community. The cultural and linguistic traditions of Austria and Switzerland enrich the field of German Studies.

Acquiring proficiency in the German language is an integral part of German Studies at all levels.


German Studies majors are strongly encouraged to complete a pre-approved study, internship, or work experience of one to two semesters in a German-speaking country, or in an approved immersion program. NMUs exchange partner in Germany, Oldenburg University, offers excellent support services and an affordable cost. Elective courses toward the major may be taken abroad and may substitute for the area electives with departmental approval.

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Total Credits Required for Degree 124

Liberal Studies 30-40
Health Promotion Requirements 2

Required Courses in Major 32
German Studies Core 16
German Electives (300 or 400 Level) 4

Choose from one of the following three tracks: 
Track 1: Humanities and Social Sciences 16
    Electives 12
    Choose from the following: 
    At least 8 credits must be at the 300 level or above. 
     GR 495X Special Topics in German (Study Abroad) (1-4 cr.) 
     HS 304 The Middle Ages (4 cr.)
     HS 305 Renaissance-Reformation * (4 cr.)
     HS 316 The Holocaust * (4 cr.)
     PL 330 Existentialism (4 cr.) [II]
     PS 402 Political Economy (4 cr.)
         *Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level history course. 
Track 2: Arts and Letters 16
    Electives 12
    Choose from the following: 
    At least 8 credits must be at the 300 level or above. 
     AD 335 History of Baroque Art (4 cr.) [VI]
     GR 495X Special Topics in German (for course abroad) (1-4 cr.) 
     PL 330 Existentialism (4 cr.) [II]
         *Prerequisites: MU 102 and MU 105. 
         **Prerequisites: MU 201 and MU 203. 
Track 3: Business Orientation 16
    Electives 8
     GR 495X Special Topics in German (for course abroad) (1-4 cr.) 
         *Prerequisite: MKT 230. 

Minor 20

**Courses not listed within the three tracks and that have a German-studies focus may be submitted to the advisor for approval towards the major.


All courses used in the German Studies major require a minimum grade of "C".