The undergraduate minor in German requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in college-level German courses, including at least 12 s.h. in courses taken at the University of Iowa. All Department of German courses numbered 3000 or above count toward the minor. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

The minor may include a maximum of 3 s.h. in Department of German courses numbered 2002-2100 (e.g., GRMN:2002 Intermediate German II). It must include 9 s.h. in Department of German courses (prefix GRMN) numbered 3000 or above.

Students may count one Department of German course taught in English and numbered 2500-2999 toward the minor by registering for 4 s.h. of credit for the course instead of 3 s.h.; the additional 1 s.h. of credit reflects an added research component. See "German in Translation Courses" below. View 3000-level course selections (prefix GRMN) under Courses in this section of the Catalog. Courses taught in English that are taken for 3 s.h. do not count toward the minor in German (e.g. GRMN:2248 The Invention of Writing: From Cuneiform to Computers, GRMN:4800 Seminar in Comparative Literature, and so on). Courses numbered at the 1000 level do not count toward the minor. 

With the approval of the departmental director of undergraduate studies, students also may apply one course from the University of Iowa Honors Program to the requirements of the minor when that course concerns German culture or language.

With the approval of the director of undergraduate studies, students may count up to 6 s.h. earned in study abroad toward the minor.

German in Translation Courses

Students may use one of the following courses toward the minor (some also may apply toward GE CLAS Core requirements):
GRMN:2550Mardi Gras and More: Cultures of Carnival4
GRMN:2618The Third Reich and Literature4
GRMN:2620Anne Frank and Her Story4
GRMN:2630German Cinema: Greatest Hits4
GRMN:2650German Nationalism After WWII4
GRMN:2655Muslim Minorities in the West4
GRMN:2660Magic Mirrors, Self-Discovery, and Murder: Gender Trouble in German Literature4
GRMN:2666Pact with the Devil4
GRMN:2675The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/114
GRMN:2720Germany in the World4
GRMN:2770Norse Mythology: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Northern Europe4
GRMN:2785Cyborgs, Monsters, and the Uncanny4

Study Abroad

There are a number of opportunities for study in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

The Department of German participates in an academic year abroad program for undergraduate students at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, in Germany. The Freiburg program is offered by a consortium made up of the University of Iowa, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Students arrive during the first week of September and participate in a four-week intensive language program. Then they take a blend of special program classes and regular German university courses. Organized field trips are designed to give students a broader perspective on German culture. Vacation periods permit extensive travel throughout Europe, and students are encouraged to use weekends for shorter trips in the region.

To apply, students must have reached at least sophomore standing by the beginning of the program, completed at least the first four semesters of college German or the equivalent with a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in German, and be in good academic standing at a U.S. college or university.

Students earn resident credit in all courses successfully completed in the program. Some credit will count toward the minor; students should consult a German advisor.

For more information about study abroad opportunities, contact the Department of German or International Programs Study Abroad.