Selecting Courses

Berliner Fernsehturm

The Department of German Studies offers courses ranging from the elementary level (for students with no knowledge of German) through advanced-level courses in German language and culture. The department reviews the course selection of each entering student, taking into consideration her school and AP records together with her answers to a questionnaire and the results of her online placement exam.  You may find more information about the departmental major and minor in the German Studies section of the Bulletin and Course Catalog.  Five College courses in German can be found in the Five College Course Catalog.

Fall 2019 Courses

First-Year Students


  • The Department of German Studies will review the course selection of all entering students, taking into consideration school and AP records together with the results of the Placement Exam.
  • All students who plan to elect German in either semester must complete this questionnaire carefully. Final course placement will be based on the following considerations: the student’s specific training in German, the results of the student’s online placement exam, and scheduling possibilities. Students should take the online placement exam prior to registration, if possible.
  • Students contemplating spending all or part of their junior year in Germany should elect German in the first semester of their first year since two continuous years of German in college are normally required for junior year programs in Germany. 
  • Courses that satisfy the College language requirement only are designated as such. Other courses can satisfy either the language requirement or fulfill the humanities distribution requirement. 

Detailed up-to-date information on course selection, placement, and learning abroad can best be found in the German Studies section online.