College of Arts and Sciences

The major in German places the artistic and intellectual traditions of German-speaking countries and their people in a revealing interdisciplinary context. Students investigate the language and cultures of these countries using approaches from linguistics, theater and performance studies, film and media studies, philosophy, Jewish studies, gender studies, queer theory, eco-criticism, environmental studies, and more. They build advanced proficiency in the German language through study abroad, internships, and a capstone intensive language course, with the option to pursue departmental honors. By drawing on these diverse fields, students investigate the two-way influence that German-speaking countries and the world have had on each other. Graduates use their skills in verbal interpretation and analysis, critical thinking, and solving complex problems to succeed in diverse roles in the public and private sectors.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Minor available

Curricular options: B.A., German

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Must enroll at the UW before applying to the major.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Courses required for the major:

  • GERMAN 202 A&H – Second-year German

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 17
Total from Washington community colleges: 3

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 2
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes