Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in German Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in German Studies 

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in German Studies, students will be able to: 

  1. Develop an understanding of the main lines of cultural, political, and social thought in German history from early modern times to the present in the European context based on original sources.
  2. Acquire skills in analyzing and evaluating key texts and documents of German cultural and political history such as literature, philosophy, art, and electronic media by way of close reading, critical interpretation and an awareness of the document’s rhetorical and media–specific features.
  3. Identify and compare different authors and texts within the different traditions they form a part of as well as their impact and legacy within both the national and international context.
  4. Conduct research in the field of German Studies on topics chosen independently and to represent and communicate their findings clearly and coherently both in writing and oral presentation. 

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in German Studies

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in German Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) from departmental (GERM) course offerings to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • All courses at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared the German Studies major must complete:

  • A minimum of 8 courses (24 credit hours) from departmental (GERM) course offerings to satisfy major requirements.
  • All courses at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

Double majors who drop the other major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors. 

German Studies at Rice is a research-centered and undergraduate-focused program with internationally renowned faculty. Courses are offered in both German and English. The program covers German history, literature, and culture, from the seventeenth century to the present, with a strong emphasis on Germany’s role in a wider European and transatlantic context. Particular departmental strengths are in the areas of modern intellectual history, 18th- to 20th-century literature and philosophy, film and media studies, as well as political theory. The close connection between research and teaching lies at the core of the curriculum. For more information please see the German Studies website.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for Major in German Studies (for single majors)30
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in German Studies (for double majors) 124
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in German Studies120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 2
GERM 263SECOND YEAR GERMAN I 23
GERM 264SECOND YEAR GERMAN II 23
GERM 301THIRD YEAR GERMAN I 33
GERM 302THIRD YEAR GERMAN II 33
Elective Requirements
Select 6 electives from departmental (GERM) course offerings. 418
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in German Studies (for single majors)30
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in German Studies (for double majors)24
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements24-30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Courses Offered in English

Please Note: A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) for single majors, or a maximum of 1 course (3 credit hours) for double majors, may be completed from the program's offerings in English and applied towards the major's Elective Requirements (see below for course list).

GERM 321 / HART 385 / HUMA 321 / SWGS 358EUROPEAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS3
GERM 322 / HUMA 322MARX, FREUD, EINSTEIN: FOREBEARERS OF MODERNITY3
GERM 324 / HUMA 324BERLIN: RESIDENCE, METROPOLIS, CAPITAL3
GERM 325 / HUMA 325MODERN GERMAN WRITERS: KAFKA3
GERM 326 / HUMA 372THE GERMAN FAIRY TALE: OLD AND NEW3
GERM 328 / HUMA 328GERMAN ADAPTATIONS: TEXT TO FILM3
GERM 329 / HUMA 329LITERATURE OF THE HOLOCAUST AND EXILE3
GERM 330LITERATURE AND FILM IN EAST GERMANY: BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN3
GERM 333NIETZSCHE: PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, HISTORY3
GERM 334NATIONALISM AND CITIZENSHIP3
GERM 338 / HUMA 373 / SWGS 361NEW GERMAN FILM: HITLER'S CINEMATIC CHILDREN3
GERM 339 / HART 398FROM EXPRESSIONISM TO FASCISM: ART AND FILM IN GERMANY3
GERM 340 / HUMA 340WALTER BENJAMIN: AESTHETICS, HISTORY AND POLITICS3
GERM 344 / HIST 354GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-18903
GERM 345FROM DEMOCRACY TO DICTATORSHIP: GERMAN HISTORY, 1890-19453
GERM 349GERMAN POLITICAL THOUGHT3
GERM 351 / HART 387HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY3-4
GERM 352POLITICS OF THE FLESH IN GERMAN LITERATURE, THOUGHT AND FILM3

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in German Studies 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in German Studies should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • For single majors, no more than 4 courses (12 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the major. For double majors, no more than 3 courses (9 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the major.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Classical and European Studies website: http://ces.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in German Studies 

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Honors Program

German Studies offers an honors program for majors excelling in their studies. Honors work consists of two semesters of independent research under faculty supervision on a topic proposed by the student leading to a substantial essay (GERM 493 in fall, GERM 494 in spring).  Outstanding students are presented annually with the Max Freund Prize.

The Leipzig Summer Program

The Department of German Studies strongly encourages intermediate-level students of German to attend an eight-week, intensive language course at the University of Leipzig's renowned Herder Institute. The Leipzig course replaces GERM 301 and GERM 302 and counts toward the German Studies major at Rice with 6 credit hours. Through several generous endowments, the department offers the Leipzig Fellowships that can be used for travel, housing, and tuition expenses in Leipzig.

Details about the Leipzig Summer Program, including information about housing, can be found at http://ces.rice.edu/ and http://www.interdaf.uni-leipzig.de/. Students must apply directly to Leipzig-interDaF for course admission. For further information, contact the Program Advisor for German Studies, Astrid Oesmann, astrid.oesmann@rice.edu

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.