German Department: Placement Information

German courses include courses on language, literature and culture, taught in German; and cultural and literary studies, taught in English. Students can make connections with inquiry in fields like architectural studies, European studies, film and media studies, and trauma and memory studies.

Courses offered in English are open to all students, regardless of levels of background or proficiency in German.

Students considering taking a German language course are advised to contact the department’s Language Coordinator, Dr. Anna Schrade. Placement in 300 level German literature and culture courses taught in German is determined in consultation with the respective instructors on the basis of a student’s language skills. AP results are considered in this conversation but are not always, in our experience, adequate indicators of the appropriate placement.

Note: Beginning German (German 101) will be offered in the spring semester as well as the fall.