German Studies (Minor)

Illustration of a street in Germany

We live in an increasingly globalized world and companies are constantly expanding overseas and dealing with clients from all over the world. Between two candidates with the exact same skill set and experience, the person who is bilingual is much more likely to get the job.

German is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world, the first language of about 95 million people. It has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union and is a lingua franca of Central and Eastern Europe.

A German Studies minor will not require a lot more time or expenses than you are already investing. But it will give you a competitive edge in a tight job market. It will broaden your horizon and provide you with a unique insight into the way of life, the hopes and dreams of the millions of people who speak German as their first language. There is a positive correlation between language learning and cognitive development. Students who have taken foreign languages perform better in other subjects and score higher on standardized tests. Learning a foreign language is an incredibly rewarding experience and confidence booster.

The German-speaking countries award a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In addition, a wide range of exchange programs in the German-speaking countries is available to UMass Boston students.

German studies minors at UMass Boston must be proficient in the German language, typically demonstrated by satisfactory completion of the second year (German 202). In addition, the German Studies minor requires four electives.

If you have questions about the German studies minor, learning German, or studying in the German-speaking countries, please contact the German Studies program director, Katharina Loew, at

Requirements for the German Studies Minor (GRMSTY):

  1. Intermediate language proficiency in German (German 202 or Equivalent)
  2. Four additional courses:
    1. One course may be at the 200-level
    2. At least three courses must be at the 300/400-level

The following courses may be counted toward the German minor:

  • GERMAN 230 - Crisis and Continuity: German Culture and Society
  • GERMAN 280 - Special Topics in German Literary and Cultural History
  • GERMAN 372 - German Cinema
  • GERMAN 379 - Independent Study (This must be pre-arranged with a German faculty member)
  • GERMAN [TBD] - Masterpieces in German Literature
  • MDNLNG 255L - Pacting with the Devil: The Faust Tradition
  • MDNLNG 276 - Europe at the Movies: A History of Postwar Cinema

In addition, at most two of the following courses may be counted toward the German minor:

  • ANTH 232 - The Viking World
  • ART 309 - Northern Renaissance Art
  • ART 339 - Modern Architecture
  • ECON 308 - History of Economic Thought
  • ECON 372 - Comparative Economic Systems
  • HIST 220 - History of European Imperialism
  • HIST 307 - Renaissance and Reformation
  • HIST 313 - Nineteenth Century Europe
  • HIST 315 - Europe 1900-1945
  • HIST 316 - Europe since 1945
  • HIST 326 - Hitler, A Man and His Times
  • HIST 328 - Germany to 1815
  • HIST 329 - Germany Fr 1815-1945
  • HIST 342 - Cinema in Hitler's Germany
  • PHIL 397 - Marxist Philosophy
  • PHIL 455 - Hegel and German Idealism
  • PHIL 462 - The Critical Philosophy of Immanuel Kant
  • PHIL 465 - Kant's Moral Philosophy and Its Critics
  • POLSCI 252 - Modern Political Thought
  • POLSCI 355L - The European Union
  • THRART 318 - Modern European Drama

No courses may be taken Pass/Fail.
The minimum GPA required for graduation from the minor is 2.0.
The maximum number of transfer courses that can be counted toward the minor is 3.

Please contact the German Studies program director, Katharina Loew, at with any questions or concerns.