Majors & Minor

German Major

The German major is a designated capstone major. During their senior year, students complete a capstone seminar under the guidance of a faculty member. In the seminar they reflect both individually and collaboratively on prior coursework for the major and draw out common themes. Students identify key ideas that interest them while demonstrating analytical thinking, synthesized knowledge, collaborative spirit, and a keen awareness of the German language and German-speaking cultures. No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion of a more advanced course in Afrikaans, Dutch, German, and Yiddish grammar and/or composition.

Required: German 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or equivalent. Students who have completed one year of college-level German language courses should enroll in course 4. Students who are in doubt as to their level of language proficiency or who are native speakers should consult the language program supervisor.

Transfer Students: Transfer applicants to the German major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: two years of German. Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

Three plans are offered by the department:

  • Plan I: German Studies
    Required: Six upper division German courses, three upper division elective courses in fields relevant to Germanic languages to be selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, and German 191C. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Plan II: Germanic Language and Literature
    Required: German 140, 141 (or C142), 152, 153 (or 158), 191C, and six upper division German courses, two of which may be from outside the department with approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Plan III: Germanic Linguistics
    Required: German 140, 141, C142, 152, 153, 191C, one upper division elective course in the department, and three upper division elective courses in fields relevant to Germanic languages to be selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.

Honors Program
To qualify for graduation with departmental honors, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 or better in upper division German courses and a 3.3 overall GPA, and complete German 199 with a grade of A. Contact the departmental honors adviser for procedures, special arrangements, possible exceptions, and other information.

German Minor

To enter the German minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Required Lower Division Courses (8 units): German 5 and 6 or equivalent.

Required Upper Division Courses (at least 20 units): Any five upper division courses in the department. A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

*Please be aware that program requirements are subject to change. For the most up-to-date and official program information, please visit the UCLA General Catalog.