German Major

The major in German provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of German language and literature from the Middle Ages to the present. 

Majors in German will take a minimum of 10 courses numbered GERM 1501 and higher, to be selected in consultation with the assigned departmental German major adviser. (Courses numbered lower than 1501 will not count toward the major or minor). These 10 courses, to be completed all in German, will normally include:

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Chosen in consultation with the German major adviser. Any course with the GERM subject code or the GERM attribute code may fulfill this requirement.

Students who place out of GERM 1501, GERM 1502, or GERM 2001 will replace them with upper-level elective courses.

Majors are able to enroll in the MLAL German courses with an integrated study abroad component, offered every spring semester, in their freshman year.

The department encourages students to study abroad for one or two semesters. Students who opt to apply study abroad credits toward their major must have these courses approved by the departmental German major adviser prior to their going abroad. Students studying abroad for one year may apply up to four study abroad courses toward their major. Students studying abroad for one semester may apply up to three study abroad courses toward their major. Additional study abroad credits accepted by Fordham University may be applied as elective credits toward graduation, but not toward the German major.


This major in German is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in German only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day classes at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.