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German Studies Minor

Boost Your Resume With a Minor in German.

The German Studies Minor at UMass Boston is an exciting opportunity to hone your proficiency in German and gain a deep understanding of the culture. You'll learn about the rich history of German-speaking countries renowned for their contributions to science, technology, and the global economy. 

With a minor in German Studies, you’ll boost your marketability as a job seeker. After you complete this program, your cultural awareness, bilingualism, and intercultural skills will make you stand out to recruiters and hiring managers in many different fields. You’ll be fully prepared for a more competitive, diverse, and globally connected future.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Intermediate German Proficiency (8 Credits)

Students who place out of GERMAN 201 must complete an additional elective course with approval from the German Studies program director.

  • GERMAN 201 - Intermediate German I 4 Credit(s) AND
  • GERMAN 202 - Intermediate German II 4 Credit(s)


  • GERMAN 200 - Intensive Intermediate German 8 Credit(s)

Electives (12 Credits)

Complete four courses from below. At least three courses must be 300-level or higher.

  • ANTH 232 - The Viking World 3 Credit(s)
  • ECON 310 - Introduction to Marxist Analysis 3 Credit(s)
  • GERMAN 225L - Berlin: Crossroads of History 3 Credit(s)
  • GERMAN 255L - Pacting with the Devil: The Faust Tradition 3 Credit(s)
  • GERMAN 280 - Special Topics in German Literary and Cultural History 3 Credit(s)
  • GERMAN 300 or higher
  • HIST 313 - Nineteenth Century Europe 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 315 - Europe 1900-1945 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 316 - Europe since 1945 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 326 - Hitler, A Man and His Times 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 342 - Cinema in Hitler’s Germany: Movies, Propaganda, Politics in Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1945 3 Credit(s)
  • HUMAN 255L - Pacting with the Devil: The Faust Tradition 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 255L - Pacting with the Devil: The Faust Tradition 3 Credit(s)
  • MLLC 480 - Internship in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures 3 Credit(s)
  • MUSIC 200 - Masterpieces of Western Art Music 3 Credit(s)
  • PHIL 397 - Marxist Philosophy 3 Credit(s)
  • PHIL 455 - Hegel and German Idealism 3 Credit(s)
  • PHIL 462 - The Critical Philosophy of Immanuel Kant 3 Credit(s)
  • POLSCI 252 - Modern Political Thought (D) 3 Credit(s)
  • THRART 318 - Modern European Drama 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete at least 19 credits from five to six courses, including one to two intermediate German language courses and four electives.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 from all minor courses.
Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: No more than two courses applied toward the minor may be from subjects other than German. At least three courses applied toward the minor must be taken at UMass Boston.


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