Germanic Languages / Undergraduate Study

German BA

Capstone Major

The German major is a designated capstone major. During their senior year, students complete a capstone seminar under the guidance of a faculty member. In the seminar they reflect both individually and collaboratively on prior coursework for the major and draw out common themes. Students identify key ideas that interest them while demonstrating analytical thinking, synthesized knowledge, collaborative spirit, and a keen awareness of the German language and German-speaking cultures.

Learning Outcomes

The German major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated skills at analyzing and synthesizing knowledge gained
  • Identification, drawn from coursework, of a key idea or theme of interest
  • Ability to effectively present learning about selected theme through final paper or project
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collectively to effectively analyze and synthesize knowledge

Preparation for the Major

Required: German 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or equivalent. Students who have completed one year of college-level German language courses should enroll in course 4. Students who are in doubt as to their level of language proficiency or who are native speakers should consult with the language program supervisor.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the German major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: two years of German.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Three plans are offered by the department.

Plan I: German Studies

Required: Six upper-division German courses, three upper-division elective courses in fields relevant to Germanic languages to be selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, and German 191C. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.

Plan II: Germanic Language and Literature

Required: German 140, 141, or C142; 152; 153 or 158; 191C; and six upper-division German courses, two of which may be from outside the department with approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.

Plan III: Germanic Linguistics

Required: German 140, 141, C142, 152, 153, 191C, one upper-division elective course in the department, and three upper-division elective courses in fields relevant to Germanic languages to be selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.