Major & Minor Information

    9 courses above the basic sequence distributed as follows:

  • GERM 210 Intermediate Composition and ConversationorGERM 310 Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • GERM 320 or 330 Survery of German Literature and Civilization
  • GERM 420 Senior Seminar in German Literature History
  • 6 other German courses of the student's choosing, of which only one may be a 200-level course.

Senior Capstone Experience

      The Senior Capstone Experience for the German major consists of three examinations taken in conjuction with GERM 420 Senior Seminar in German Literary History.  The examinations cover German history, literary analysis, and literary  history, respectively.  Senior majors are also offered the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the language by taking an internationally recognized Goethe Institute language achievement test offered by the University of Arkansas at Fayettville in April of each year.


The minor in German consists of at least five courses at or above the 200-level.  A maximum of two 200-level courses may be counted toward the minor.

Study Abroad. While not specifically required for graduation in German, a significant study abroad experience clearly adds greatly to the linguistic skills and cultural awareness of our majors, and is very strongly recommended. The most popular vehicles for study in German-speaking countries are the Hendrix-in-Graz and the ISEP programs, both of which permit the use of the student's Hendrix financial aid.

German courses  
Please note that GERM 210 or permission of the instructor is a prerequisite for all other upper-level courses.

GERM 110 Elementary German I
Introductory language course stressing the skills of listening, reading, and writing, with special emphasis on the rapid acquisition of speaking ability. Introduction to the cultures of German-speaking countries.

GERM 120 Elementary German II (FL)
Continuation of GERM 120 with emphasis on further development of skills and cultural awareness. Introduction to literary and non-literary texts.

GERM 210/310 Intermediate Composition and Conversation (W2)
Open to any student who has completed the basic sequence. Further develops communication skills while offering a focused review of essential grammar concepts. Content varies annually, but focuses on contemporary life and literature in German-speaking Europe. Please note that GERM 310, taught concurrently, involves additional work and may be taken for credit by students who have previously had GERM 210.

GERM 220 German Literature and its Context (LS, W2)
An introduction to the study of German literature in its sociohistorical context. Provides the student with essential research and analytical skills through the examination of short, representative works by authors such as Goethe, Heine, Kafka, Hesse, Grass and Seghers.  The course continues the development of the student’s command of oral and written German

GERM 230 Masterpieces of German Cultural History (W2)
An introduction to some of the great works of German art, architecture, music, and philosophy through a focus on significant periods in German cultural history such as the High Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Baroque era, the Classic and Romantic Periods, and Expressionism. As with 220, the course continues the development of the student’s command of oral and written German.

GERM 320 Survey of German Literature and Civilization, Part I (to 1830) (LS, W2)
An overview of the most important literary figures and works in German history as reflections of the various cultural periods that produced them. The broader cultural context of each epoch--its social history, philosophy, art, architecture and music--will be stressed.

GERM 330 Survey of German Literature and Civilization, Part II (1830-Present) (LS, W2)
Applies the same approach as in GERM 320 to the period from Goethe's death to the present. GERM 320 is not a prerequisite.

(Note: GERM 320 and 330 are viewed as core courses in the German program. While at least one of them is required for the major, both courses should be of significant interest to non-majors and minors as well.)

GERM 340 From Expressionism to Exile Literature (LS, W2)
Deals with the most important authors and cultural movements of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, the Weimar Republic and the years of Nazi domination in German. Includes such authors as Rilke, Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Seghers, and Brecht.

GERM 350 German Literature since 1945 (LS, W2)
Examines the most important literary figures writing in German since the Second World War against the backdrop of the turbulent sociohistorical history of this period. Authors include Boll, Grass, Hesse, Becker, Wolf, and Maron.

GERM 395 Contemporary German Civilization (W2)
This course focuses on the political, economic, social, and cultural institutions of Germany since World War II, with special emphasis on developments from 1989 to the present.

GERM 420 Senior Seminar in German Literary History (LS, W2)
A course for senior German majors designed to help them synthesize their understanding of German literature and civilization to this point. Considerable individualization of content will allow each participant to concentrate on key periods and authors not previously studied.

GERM 490 Special Topics in German Literature (LS, W2)
Provides the opportunity to explore various authors or literary movements in depth. May be offered in both English and German so that a wider spectrum of students might participate. When offered in English, this course will be cross-listed as a LITR 330, and will not be coded "FL". Potential special topics include Gender in 19th Century German Literature, German-Jewish Literature, German Film, The Novella, German Drama, Fairy Tales.