Explore the German major

Calvin's German major (30-31 credit-hours) will help you develop both language and cultural proficiency through courses and numerous cultural engagement opportunities. Use this major to prepare for further study in graduate school, as a subject matter concentration for the teacher education program or as a complement to other majors and minors at Calvin, such as engineering, business, history and philosophy.

Course Requirements 2014-2015

(30-31 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
  • Five electives from:
    • GERM-202 Intermediate German
    • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
    • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
    • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
    • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
    • German interim abroad

Enrich your education with honors study

Honors classes are more intentional than other classes; they explore topics with more depth and breadth.

Honors students develop critical thinking and discussion skills that are essential in the workplace.

Graduating with honors

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and total of six honors courses (18 hours minimum) overall, including at least three honors courses within the major and three outside it.
  • Satisfactory completion of an honors research paper, normally during the senior year in conjunction with a 300-level course.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA in German of at least 3.5.

Placement testing 

Where will I be placed? What if I wind up in the wrong class? The German Department recognizes that such questions can be very unsettling. If you find yourself in too difficult a course, you will experience unnecessary frustration; if you find yourself in too easy a course, you will waste a lot of time (and money!) going over material which you already know. We use the placement test—along with other information you provide—to place you at the level for which you are best prepared.

At the Passport session you attend, you will have the opportunity to discuss your placement with your advisor or a member of the German Department. Too, if you should find after a day or two of class that you are incorrectly placed, you can switch to a course better suited to your level.

Online placement exam

If you wish to take the German placement exam, please see the department administrative assistant for an appointment.

Take the test here.

(Note: you must have permission from the German Department to take this test)