Academic Catalog

German (B.A.)

Reflecting Wayne State University's overall mission of "preparing students to excel in an increasingly advanced and interconnected global society," the B.A. in German within the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures focuses on the following four interrelated goals. They are intended to educate students as citizens in a global world and to prepare them for future careers in the private and public sector.


  • The achievement of German language proficiency at the Advanced Low to Advanced High level, according to the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency guidelines. This corresponds to the B2-C1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) guidelines.
  • The acquisition of diverse knowledges in breadth and depth with regard to German language and literature, culture and society from the Germanic beginnings to the present with a concentration in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • The attainment of intercultural competencies through study and research abroad as well as through internships, both abroad and in the Detroit metropolitan area
  • The development of transferable critical-analytical, interpretive, and information-literacy skills

Students should refer to the CMLLC program requirements for admission, degree, and general education requirements. A major in German must satisfactorily complete a minimum of thirty-one credits in German courses, that include:

Intermediate German10
Everyday Encounters in Language and Culture
Engaging Historical Moments
Exploring Modern Identities
English Language Requirements9
German Culture:
Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution: Transitional Moments in German Culture and History
Electives (select one course from two of the following categories)
German History:
History of the Holocaust
Nazi Germany
Intercultural Communication:
Textual Analysis in the Context of Global Literature:
Understanding the Fairy Tale
Introduction to Global Stories
Advanced German Sequence (select two of the following) 16
Products, Perspectives, and Practices of Culture
Advanced Rhetoric and Composition
German Translation Studies
Advanced Textual and Cultural Analysis (select two of the following) 26
Holocaust Studies
Cultural Studies and Criticism
Texts and Contexts Since 1945
Topics in German Studies
Literature and Cultures of Minorities
Internship in German Studies
Foreign Language Instruction
Total Credits31

 One course in this sequence must be taken at the main Wayne State campus in Detroit, MI.


 One of the two courses selected to satisfy this requirement must be taught in German.

Majors are strongly encouraged to pursue a co-major, double major or minor, and/or to take general education and elective courses in related fields, such as: anthropology, art history, economics, engineering, English or another language area, film studies, gender, sexuality and women's studies, geography, global supply chain management, history, international studies, linguistics, political science, social work, sociology, and theater.

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