Requirements for German Studies Major and Minor
The Department of German Studies offers a BA Major and Minor in German Studies. Please see Catalog for degree requirements.
For a list of courses offered each semester, please see Course Offerings.
Many courses in the German Studies curriculum fulfill goals and learning outcomes for the KU Core. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor if you have any questions about the KU Core.
REQUIREMENTS: B.A. Major in German Studies
Hours required: 30
After completion of German 202: Intermediate German II, students will need to complete 15 credits as follows:
GERM 315 must be completed before students can take a course beyond GERM 402.
A minimum of 15 credit hours at the 300, 400, and 500 levels must be completed beyond the required courses. 12 of these credit hours must be at the 400 or 500 level. With permission of the Undergraduate Advisor, 6 credit hours at the 300, 400, or 500 levels may be counted toward the major by completing two approved courses offered by other departments with significant content related to German-speaking Europe. A 600-level course may be counted with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.
At least 15 hours of coursework at the 300, 400, and 500 levels, including the senior capstone course, GERM 580, must be completed in residence at KU. Credits earned while studying abroad in KU programs are resident KU credits.
REQUIREMENTS: Minor in German
The minor provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the language and cultural forms of the German-speaking Europe, including literature, the arts, history, business, and politics.
Hours required: 18
After completion of German 202: Intermediate German II, students will need to complete the following two courses:
12 additional hours at the 300, 400, and 500 levels. One approved 3-credit course offered by another department or program and with significant content related to German-speaking Europe (300-500 level) may be counted toward the German minor. A 600-level course may be counted with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.
At least 9 credits at the 300 level and above must be acquired in residence at KU. Credits earned while studying abroad in KU programs are resident KU credits.
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Research and Teaching interests: Dr. Linden's research focuses on modern German-Jewish literature and thought, Austrian and German modernism, and the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. His first book, Karl Kraus and the Discourse of Modernity (NUP 2020), assesses the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus's literary production as well as Kraus's relationship to other important theorists of European modernity (Kierkegaard, Benjamin, Adorno). Dr. Linden has taught all levels of German language and culture, including courses on German film and on the German-language literature of 20th-century exiles and contemporary refugees.