University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages



Germanic Studies (GER)


Committee in Charge

  • Johannes Endres, PhD. Director, Comparative Literature/German
  • Sue Hertzog, PhD. Comparative Literature/German
  • John M. Kim, Ph.D. Comparative Literature/German
  • Sabine Thuerwaechter, Ph.D. Comparative Literature/German

The Department of Comparative Literature and Languages offers a B.A. major and a minor in Germanic Studies.

Whether one thinks of philosophy, music, art, religion, or political and social history, Germanic culture has exercised a profound and often decisive influence on Europe . To aid students' appreciation of these achievements, knowledge of German is a valuable asset.

In light of the role that Germany and all other German-speaking countries play within the European Union and worldwide, anyone interested in the study of art, literature, philosophy, history, and the sciences would profit from the Germanic Studies program. Apart from acquiring a reading, speaking, and writing knowledge of the German language, students of this program become familiarized with the great contributions of German poets and thinkers as they manifest themselves in the Germanic literatures and scientific research and are exposed to a wide range of customs in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

The Germanic Studies major and minor offer a diverse curriculum ranging from beginning language classes to advanced study of sophisticated literary and cultural topics.

Languages and Literatures / Germanic Studies

Revised Requirements (For Students Entering Fall 2011 and Beyond). Students who entered prior to Fall 2011 should refer to the previous requirements.

Faculty Advisor

Sabine Doran

The B.A. in Germanic Studies enables a student to specialize in the German languagethrough the acquisition of language competence, as well as exposure to the study of cultural, literary and filmic practices.

1. Lower-division requirements (24 units)

  1. Sixteen (16) units: GER 001, GER 002, GER 003, GER 004, or equivalents.
  2. Eight (8) units: CPLT 001 or CPLT 001W, CPLT 002

2. Upper-division requirements (36 units)

  1. Twelve (12) units from the following: GER 100, GER 101, GER 103A, GER 103B, GER 108
  2. Twenty-four (24) units as follows:
    1. Sixteen (16) upper-division units in German literature and film beyond the language requirement
    2. LING 111
    3. CPLT 193  (CPLT 196 strongly recommended but not required)

The Germanic Studies Major Prior to Fall 2011

  • Lower-division requirements (16 units): GER 001, GER 002, GER 003, GER 004, or equivalents
  • Upper-division requirements (44 units)
    1. Sixteen (16) units from the following: GER 100, GER 101, GER 103A, GER 103B, GER 108
    2. Twenty-eight (28) units as follows:
      1. Sixteen (16) upper-division units in German literature beyond the language proficiency requirement
      2. Four (4) units from GER 118 (E-Z)/MCS 118 (E-Z)
      3. LING 111
      4. Four (4) units outside the Germanic Studies program but related to the major from the following: PHIL 121S, PHIL 122O, PHIL 122N, HISE 141, HISE 142, HISE 145, HISE 146, HISE 162 (or any other course related to the major, with approval of the student's advisor)

Honors Program

Students who wish to undertake a special program of honors study in the upper division should apply at the beginning of the junior year. Acceptance for honors study is based on students' previous grade records and the recommendations of their instructors. Candidates for honors must demonstrate superior capacity for independent study and during the senior year are required write an individually directed senior thesis.

Foreign Language Placement Examination

A placement examination is required of all freshmen entering the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences who wish to meet the foreign language requirement with the same language taken in high school. Consult the quarterly Schedule of Classes and http://www.placementtest.ucr.edu for date and time. Transfer students who have taken a college-level language course cannot take the placement examination and should consult with their advisors. No college-level credit may be duplicated.

Education Abroad

Students are encouraged to consider opportunities for study through the Education Abroad Program (EAP). This is an excellent opportunity to become deeply familiar with another country and its culture while earning academic units towards graduation. Students should plan study abroad well in advance to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program at UCR. Consult the departmental student affairs officer for assistance. For further details visit UCR's International Services Center at internationalcenter.ucr.eduor call (951) 827-4113.

See Education Abroad Program under International Services Center in the Student Services section of this catalog. A list of participating countries is found under Education Abroad Program in the Curricula and Courses section.

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