This is the first version of the 2021-22 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

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 (prefix GRMN) numbered 3000 or above and taught in German 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. Coursework 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). The German Language and Culture Advanced Placement (AP) exam with a score of 4 or higher is considered to be equivalent to GRMN:2002. Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) credit courses count as equivalent to GRMN:2002 and 3 s.h. is applicable toward the minor.

Students may count one Department of German course taught in English 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. Courses taught in English taken for 3 s.h. do not count toward the minor. See "German in Translation Courses" below. View 3000-level course selections (prefix GRMN) under Courses in this section of the Catalog.

With the approval of the director of undergraduate studies, students may count up to 6 s.h. earned in study abroad toward the minor. Students also may apply one course from the University of Iowa Honors Program to the requirements toward the minor when that course concerns German culture or language; consult the director of undergraduate studies for approval.

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:2600Witch Hunts in Fact and Fiction: A Global History of Exclusion4
GRMN:2618Film and Literature of the Holocaust4
GRMN:2620Anne Frank and Her Story4
GRMN:2630German Cinema: Greatest Hits4
GRMN:2650German Nationalism from Enlightenment to Present4
GRMN:2655Muslim Minorities in the West4
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

The University of Iowa offers a number of opportunities for study in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Students frequently choose to participate in the summer USAC Lüneburg program, the Dortmund University Exchange, or the Academic Year in Freiburg program at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Students should consult the Office of Study Abroad and the German undergraduate advisor to select a program that fits their interests.

Students pursuing a minor in German often enroll in one of the summer sessions offered by the USAC Lüneburg program, but minors are eligible for all study abroad programs offered by the University. Up to 6 s.h. of study abroad credit can be applied to the requirements for the minor.

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

Teacher Licensure

Students who plan to use their work toward a minor in German as academic background for earning teacher licensure should contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Education about requirements.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

German, Minor

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
The undergraduate minor in German requires a minimum of 15 s.h., 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; however, 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 and GRMN:4800 Seminar in Comparative Literature).  
Courses numbered at the 1000 level do not count toward the German minor.  
With the approval of the departmental director of undergraduate studies, students 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.  
Study Abroad: with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies, students may count up to 6 s.h. earned in study abroad toward the minor.  
Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor.  
Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.  
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. a  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
GRMN:1001 Elementary German I b, c 4
 Hours4
Spring
GRMN:1002 Elementary German II b, c 4
 Hours4
Second Year
Fall
GRMN:2001 Intermediate German I b, c 4
 Hours4
Spring
GRMN:2002 Intermediate German II b, c, d 4
 Hours4
Third Year
Fall
Minor: German elective (prefix GRMN) numbered 2100 or above 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: German elective (prefix GRMN) numbered 3000 or above 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
Minor: German elective (prefix GRMN) numbered 3000 or above 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: German elective (prefix GRMN) numbered 3000 or above 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours28