German Studies examines the language, history, literature, philosophy, film, art, religion, music, political science, and other dimensions, of the German-speaking world. We provide courses taught by award-winning professors, generous scholarships for study abroad, and extra-curricular activities on-campus and off.


Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Akhmatova. Read these classics in English, then learn Russian to read the original. Study Russian culture in its historical, social & global contexts in courses like “Russia Between Empire & Nation,” “Russia’s Wars,” “Serial Storytelling.” Enter into dialogue with Russia, past & present!

 First Semester Planning

Incoming first-year students will take approximately 15 credits in their first semester. Advisors will register you for your required English course and the appropriate course(s) to explore this major. You'll provide us with information about other courses you may want to take, or other interests you'd like to include in your first semester registration.

Your schedule will look something like this: 


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

Major Exploration (4cr) *chosen by advisors, see below

 Major or Minor Exploration (4cr) *chosen by advisors, see below

SAS Core, Signature Course or General Elective Course (3cr)

 SAS Core, Signature Course or General Elective Course (3cr)

 Byrne and/or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1-2cr) 

 Total Credits: 15-17


German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures Major Exploration Course(s) recommended by faculty. At least one of these will be included in your Fall schedule: 

Course Title

Course Number


Appropriate Language Course




Students in the School of Arts and Sciences pursue a major as their primary area of interest, but an arts and sciences education also includes coursework well beyond major requirements. The SAS Core curriculum, a minor specialization, and general elective courses are all part of the 120 degree credits every student will need to graduate from Rutgers University.

Through these degree components, students will curate their own unique educational experience, but we understand that this level of flexibility and freedom can feel overwhelming for new students. Like a recommendation based on a book or TV show you enjoyed, the information below should help you identify related courses or departments based on this interest to consider in your first semester.

  • Intro to Linguistic Theory
  • Language, Power, and the Power of Language

Note: these are just recommendations of courses related to this department. Come prepared to speak with our advisors during our APA meeting about other interests you may have so that we can make additional course recommendations for your schedule.


Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

To qualify for departmental honors, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and an average of 3.4 or better in the major at the end of the junior year. At that time, the student should make a formal application. During their senior year, in addition to fulfilling major course requirements, candidates who are accepted by the discipline honors committee take 01:860:496-497, in which they complete a major research paper under the direction of an adviser.