German Studies explores the language, culture, and history of the German-speaking world. The world-renowned poets and thinkers of the German tradition are examined alongside German art, music, and cinema which have asserted their influence far beyond the scope of the European continent. In addition, our courses analyze the profound upheavals, complications, and calamities of German political history between the 16th and the 21st centuries. Our curriculum is taught by award-winning professors and our blockbuster courses engage students from all disciplines. We provide generous scholarships for study abroad, extra-curricular activities on-campus and off, a vibrant German Club, and a tight-knit departmental community.

 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this:


Expository Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16


Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!



At a Glance

German Language and Literature

Undergraduate Advisor
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Programs Offered:
Major in German
Minor in German

Certificate Programs:
Certificate of Proficiency in German
Goethe Institute's Zertifikat Deutsch

College Avenue Campus

Department Website