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Chair: Dr. Peter Richardson, prichard, x2249, Walker 322
Transfer Advisor: Dr. Peter Richardson, prichard, x2249, Walker 322
First-Year student contact: Dr. Peter Richardson, prichard, x2249, Walker 322

The German Studies major and minor aim to foster in students the integrative perspective of a range of academic disciplines from the arts and humanities and the social sciences. Central to the German Studies program are cooperation and collaboration among departments, a high level of German language proficiency, a significant study abroad experience (at least one semester), and the opportunity for an internship abroad.

GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:

FALL SEMESTER:

  • MLGR 101 or appropriate course determined by placement exam.
  • A course in History, Art, Philosophy
  • POLS 210 International Politics (IS or GP)
  • TCCA 230 Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives (IS or GP)

JANUARY TERM:

  • A course in History, Art, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology, or German

SPRING SEMESTER:

  • Continue German course sequence
  • HIST 121 History of Western Culture (VP or GP) 

MAJOR/MINOR SPECIFIC ADVISING INFORMATION: 

CORE: 40 credits including MLGR 202 and above; 302; MDLA 380, 483 or MLGR 490; four years of German, or equivalent level of proficiency (ACTFL Intermediate High); and 18-20 credits taken abroad in addition to course work in associated departments on the Linfield campus. One semester or more of study abroad or possible internship.

Minor: 27 credits including MLGR 202 and above and 9-12 credits taken abroad in addition to course work in associated departments on the Linfield campus. One semester or more of study abroad or possible internship

ADDITIONAL NOTES: German Studies majors and minors should, early in their time at Linfield, begin to plan for the junior semester abroad. Students should be made aware of the wide range of courses in the curricula of departments in the humanities and social sciences, from Art, Music, and Philosophy of History, Political Science, and Sociology/Anthropology that this major draws from. 

German, spoken in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, is the world’s second most frequently used business language; over 1,100 companies from German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S.  One in four Americans has roots in one of these countries, which have a long tradition of excellence in philosophy, literature, history, the sciences, and the arts.