German Studies

Jeffrey S. Librett, Program Director
202 Friendly Hall
1250 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1250

The German Studies Program is supervised by the German Studies Committee, a group of scholars in the humanities, music, and social sciences who share a common interest in German culture, letters, history, and society.

The influence of German culture and letters on modern life is incalculable. In philosophy and religion; in sociology and psychology; in music, law, political science, and history—in every one of these fields and more, German-speaking thinkers have helped define our perception of the world. German studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers undergraduates the opportunity to study these many influences in context with the society and cultures that produced them. It combines advanced language training with an interdisciplinary program of study that integrates courses in history, philosophy, political science, art history, music history, religious studies, and Judaic studies with the language and literature courses offered in the Department of German and Scandinavian. Students who choose the German studies focus for the German major are encouraged to develop their language skills in German with an emphasis on reading and writing and to use these tools in all their course work.


Participating Faculty

Susan C. Anderson, German and Scandinavian

Corinne Bayerl, German and Scandinavian

Sonja Boos, German and Scandinavian

Jack Boss, music

Kenneth S. Calhoon, comparative literature

Joyce Cheng, history of art and architecture

James R. Crosswhite, English

Gantt Gurley, German and Scandinavian

Martin Klebes, German and Scandinavian

Lori Kruckenberg, music

Jeffrey Librett, German and Scandinavian

David M. Luebke, history

Alexander Mathas, German and Scandinavian

John McCole, history

Albert Narath, history of art and architecture

Dorothee Ostmeier, German and Scandinavian

Stephen Rodgers, music

Marian Smith, music

Michael Stern, German and Scandinavian

Bruce Harwood Tabb, UO Libraries

Daniela Vallega-Neu, philosophy

Matthias Vogel, German and Scandinavian

Peter Warnek, philosophy

Rocio Zambrana, philosophy

Undergraduate Studies

More information about courses applicable to the German studies focus or the German studies minor is available from the undergraduate advisor for German or the director of the German Studies Committee.

For students interested in combining such a major or minor with a European studies certificate, see the European Studies section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in German: German Studies Focus

German studies is a focus for the German major offered by the Department of German and Scandinavian.


Five upper-division courses taught in German 120
Four upper-division courses from at least two of the following fields: 116
Philosophy and religion 1
History and political science
Art history and music
Three upper-division electives12
Total Credits48

The German Studies Committee encourages its majors to spend all or part of a year studying abroad through the Baden-Württemberg exchange program, sponsored by the Oregon University System.

Minor in German Studies

Select three of the following:12
Intermediate Language Training
Study in Germany
Introduction to German Culture and Society
Genres in German Literature
Diversity in Germany
Authors in German Literature
German Gender Studies
German Cinema: History, Theory, Practice
German Fairy Tales
Nature, Culture, and the Environment
Introduction to German Literature: Poetry, Plays, Prose
Introduction to German Literature: Literary Movements
Introduction to German Literature: Interpretive Models
Themes in German Literature
Special Studies: [Topic]
Seminar: [Topic]
Practicum: [Topic] (Internship Teaching German)
Advanced Language Training
Advanced Language Training
Play Performance: [Topic]
German Culture and Society: [Topic]
German Literature: [Topic]
Norse Mythology
Medieval Hero and Monster
Select four from at least two of the following fields:16
Philosophy and Religion
History of Philosophy: 19th Century
Critical Theory
Continental Philosophy: [Topic]
17th- and 18th-Century Philosophers: [Topic]
19th-Century Philosophers: [Topic]
20th-Century Philosophers: [Topic]
Medieval and Early Modern Judaism
The Jewish Encounter with Modernity
History and Political Science
German History: [Topic]
The Idea of Europe
Intellectual History of Modern Europe: [Topic]
Europe in the 20th Century: [Topic]
16th-Century European Reformations
Early Modern German History: [Topic]
Modern Germany: [Topic]
The Holocaust
Shadows of Modernity
European Politics
Marxism and Radical Thought
Marxist Sociological Theory
Art History and Music
Northern Renaissance Art
19th-Century Art
Modern Art, 1880–1950
History of Design
The Music of Bach and Handel
Total Credits28

Additional Requirements

The German studies minor requires second-year language proficiency.

Three courses for the minor must be taken on the University of Oregon campus, at least one of them in the Department of German and Scandinavian. Grades of at least mid-C or P (pass) must be earned in all courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor. Only one course may be taken pass/no pass.

To count toward the German studies minor, generic courses numbered 399, 407, 410, and permanently numbered courses with changing topics must have approval from the German studies advisor to ensure that the course has a substantive emphasis on German studies.