German Major

The study of languages, literatures, and cultures is central to a liberal arts education and one of the key disciplines in the humanities. Since the emergence of Jesuit education in the sixteenth century, the studia humanitatis have been at its heart. Like all humanities majors, German challenges students to address pressing and enduring questions about the human condition. In reflecting on the nature and scope of the human itself, humanities majors develop skills and dispositions that remain vital at all stages of their professional and personal lives and result in a fulfilling life. Humanities majors learn how to: ask insightful questions, think flexibly, and develop comfort with diverse approaches to new problems; conduct, synthesize, and interpret research; and communicate effectively.

German majors develop a deep knowledge of language and culture, and leverage that knowledge to gain insight into historical, social and political issues. The study of German at Xavier prepares students for interdisciplinary and problem-based inquiry that spans many professions. Students are therefore encouraged to combine a modern language major with a second major or a related minor and to peak with faculty advisors about opportunities to incorporate study abroad into their program of study. Majors go on to use their skills in the corporate world, STEM fields, diplomacy, arts and culture, and many other arenas. Undergraduates who wish to be licensed as teachers are advised to consult with the department education coordinator and with the School of Education regarding specific requirements for language teacher licensure

To major in German, 27 credit hours beginning at the 202 level and the completion of a one-credit senior thesis, GERM 499.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in German. Students are encouraged to pursue a second major or a minor.

The block schedule incorporates the New Core Curriculum requirements and is just one example of how to structure courses for a German major. You should see your German advisor each semester to work out the schedule that best suits your needs and interests.

 

Freshman Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
GERMAN 201
Intermediate German I
3 GERMAN 202
Intermediate German II
3
CORE 100
First Year Seminar
3 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES 3
CREATIVE PERSPECTIVES 3 SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES 3
THEOLOGY 111
Ignatian Imagination
3 PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
3
ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3 MATHEMATICAL PERSPECTIVES 3
Total 15 Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
GERMAN
300 level course
3 GERMAN
Major Elective
3
NATURAL SCIENCE
Elective
3 ORAL COMMUNICATION FLAG
Elective
3
THEOLOGY
Elective
3 PHILOSOPHY
Elective
3
HUMANITIES
Elective
3 GERMAN 205 or CLAS/ENGL/FRENCH/SPAN 205
Literature and the Moral Imagination
3
GENERAL
Elective
3 GENERAL
Elective
3
Total 15 Total 15

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
GERMAN
Major Electives
6 GERMAN
Major Electives
6
QUANTITATIVE FLAG
Elective
3 DIVERSITY FLAG
Elective
3
SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective
3 WRITING FLAG
Elective
3
GENERAL
Elective
3 E/RandS
Focus Elective
3
Total 15 Total 15

Senior Year

Semester Hours
First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester
GERMAN
Major Electives
6 GERMAN
Major Elective
3
GENERAL
Electives
9 GENERAL
Electives
12
GERMAN
Senior Project
1
Total 15 Total 16

A minimum of 121 hours is required for the degree.