German Studies Major


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Degree Information

  • Overview

    Calvin's German major (30-31 credit-hours) will help you develop both language and cultural proficiency through courses and numerous cultural engagement opportunities. Use this major to prepare for further study in graduate school, as a subject matter concentration for the teacher education program or as a complement to other majors and minors at Calvin, such as engineering, business, history and philosophy.

    Semester-abroad track

    The semester-abroad track involves six German courses numbered 202 or higher, one of which may be the German interim abroad or one semester in Vienna (at least 12 hrs of German coursework) at the intermediate-level or higher.

    Total Semester Hours: 30-31

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    Placement testing 

    Where will I be placed? What if I wind up in the wrong class? The German Department recognizes that such questions can be very unsettling. If you find yourself in too difficult a course, you will experience unnecessary frustration; if you find yourself in too easy a course, you will waste a lot of time (and money!) going over material which you already know. We use the placement test—along with other information you provide—to place you at the level for which you are best prepared.

    At the Passport session you attend, you will have the opportunity to discuss your placement with your advisor or a member of the German Department. Also, if you find in the first week of classes that you are incorrectly placed, talk with your instructor about switching to a course better suited to your level.

    Online placement exam

    If you wish to take the German placement exam, please see the department administrative assistant for an appointment.

    Take the test here.

    (Note: you must have permission from the German Department to take this test)

    Semester-abroad track

    Program Requirements

    Six German courses numbered 202 or higher, one of which may be the German Interim Abroad One semester in Vienna (at least 12 hrs of German coursework) at the intermediate-level or higher.

    Total Semester Hours: 30-31

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