The German Studies Major and Minor at Davidson

Majors will become proficient in the German language, gain knowledge of German-speaking literature, culture, and history, and engage in the critical analysis of those traditions.


Students who have studied German prior to entering Davidson but have not been awarded college credit for it will take an online placement test administered by Davidson. They will be placed in German 250 or 260 if their preparation is exceptional; such students may request an additional oral examination to certify completion of the language requirement without additional courses. Students are placed in German 201 if their preparation is strong; in German 102 if less strong. In some cases, the department will recommend that a student who has studied German in high school begin in German 101. No student who has studied German in high school, however, should expect to take German 101 for credit without the express permission of the department.


To receive honors, a student must at the time of graduation have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better, have a 3.5 average in all courses counted toward the major,  have fulfilled all the requirements for the major, and the department must judge the thesis (written for German 495) and its defense worthy of honors. In the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of the highest quality, the department may confer high honors.

Courses You Might Take

GER 452

Refugees in German Culture


This seminar explores refugee artwork, literature, film, and activism in contemporary German culture. Students will analyze texts about and by refugees using the tools of cultural studies, allowing us to ask questions about power, identity and difference, European constructions…

GER 260

Intro German Cultural Studies

Ellis, Mekonen

Close attention to the various answers to the questions: "Was ist Deutsch?" and "What does the study of German culture entail?" Texts drawn from various discourses, including history, literature, film, visual arts, political and social science, as…

GER 101

Elementary German I


For beginners. Introduction and development of the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, along with presentation of the fundamental structures of German. Each course requires online work and participation in AT sessions.