Jill S. Smith, Department Chair
Kate Flaherty, Department Coordinator

Professor: Birgit Tautz†
Associate Professor: Jill S. Smith
Assistant Professor: Jens Elias Klenner
Visiting Faculty: Andrew B.B. Hamilton
Teaching Fellow: Wera Neuhauser

The German department offers courses in the language, literature, and culture of the German- speaking countries of Europe. The program is designed for students who wish to become literate in the language and culture, comprehend the relationship between the language and culture, and gain a better understanding of their own culture in a global context. The major is a valuable asset in a wide variety of postgraduate endeavors including business, science, and international careers; and in law and graduate school.

Requirements for the Major in German

The major consists of eight courses.

Required courses:

  • German 2204 or the equivalent; and seven additional courses. Of those:
    • One course may be taken from German 1151–1159 or German 2251–2551; or a course taught by German faculty in other programs may be substituted for this requirement upon prior approval.
    • The other courses (or all of the seven courses) must be taken from German 2205–4052.

All majors are required to do course work with the department in their senior year; the configuration of this senior work must be determined in direct consultation with the department. This consultation takes place prior to registering for the fall semester of the senior year, which for some students means before they depart for study away. Normally senior work includes two courses at the 33xx level. Prospective majors, including those who begin with first- or second-year German at Bowdoin, may arrange an accelerated program, usually including study away. Majors are encouraged to consider a number of study-away programs with different calendars and formats.

Requirements for the Minor in German

Required courses:

  • German 1102 or the equivalent
  • any four courses, two must be in the language (2203–2289 and 3300–3999)

With advance departmental approval of the transfer credit, any number of courses from another college or university may count toward the major or minor.

Additional Information

  • Courses that count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail) and earn a course grade of C- or better.
  • First-year seminars taught by German department faculty count toward the major and minor.
  • Students may engage in independent study at the intermediate (2970–2979) or advanced (4000–4051) level. Independent studies, including honors projects, may count toward the major.
  • Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB): Students who received a minimum score of four on the German Advanced Placement exam receive a general credit toward their degree, normally no credit to the major or minor, after completion of a 3000-level German course with a minimum grade of B-. Students who took the German IB exam should consult the department regarding credit. Regardless of earned scores, all students are expected to take the placement exam. In order to receive credit for AP/IB work, students must have their scores officially reported to the Office of the Registrar by the end of their sophomore year at Bowdoin.