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Major/Minor Requirements

Students interested in German Studies may currently choose one of three possible approaches at the Colorado College.

German Major

A student majoring in German may choose one of three options: 

1. The German language and literature track requires nine units above GR202, the intermediate level, including GR305, GR315, and GR316, and six additional 300-level courses (though GR210, GR211, GR220, or GR229 may also be substituted for one of those six courses).

2. The German Combination track allows students to combine their study of German with another discipline such as economics, music, history, philosophy, etc. 

3. The German studies track is an interdisciplinary major under the liberal arts and sciences program.

Those students wishing to qualify for graduation "with distinction" will, after consultation with the German faculty, additionally be required to write a senior thesis. For details of requirements for the three German major options, see the German program. 


German Minor

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is GR102 (1 unit) or the equivalent.

Students must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: GR201, GR202, GR305 and three 300-level, for a total of six units.

Students may count up to two units of German AP credit (i.e., the equivalent of 201 or 202) toward the minor. Students who initially place at the 300-level as a result of previous experience with German, must complete four CC German courses at the 300-level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three German courses at the 300-level must be completed at Colorado College.

Teacher Licensure

Students may qualify for secondary school teaching licensure under any of the above-mentioned options in German.  The minimum requirements beyond intermediate German include GR 305, GR 315, GR 316, GR 229, and any two additional 300-level courses.  For complete course and state requirements, please consult with the Education Department at Colorado College.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students in any of the German major or minor options are encouraged to participate in a well-established Study Abroad Program through the Colorado College or another institution.
  • Colorado College Exchange Program: Two to four full scholarships are awarded each year to qualified CC students for study at either the University of Regensburg or the University of Göttingen during the junior or senior year.
  • Other programs: Visit CC's International Programs Office on the second floor of Armstrong Hall for information on other programs in German-speaking countries.
  • In order to receive transfer credit from non-CC programs, students must keep detailed documentation (course syllabi, notes, reading lists, certificates of course attendance, etc.) of all work completed abroad. Upon submission of that documentation to the corresponding department at CC (in consultation with the International Studies Office and the Registrar), CC credit will then be awarded or denied.