German is the language with the largest number of native speakers in the European Union. It is also the second most commonly used scientific language in the world and the language of Einstein, Freud, Kafka, and Mozart. Germany has the third strongest economy and is the world’s largest export nation. Knowing German creates business opportunities and provides deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe’s intellectual, cultural, and economic life.
At Lehigh we offer a major and a minor in German. Questions about the major or minor should be directed to Professor Vera Stegmann.
Requirements for the Minor in German (click on link to access minor declaration form)
16 credits above German 12 are required, including at least 1 course at the 300 level
Requirements for the Major in German (click on link to access major declaration form)
A minimum of 32 credits beyond German 12, of which 4 credits must be a junior year writing course in the German section or in another major. Emphasis should be upon 200 and 300 level courses.
Requirements for the Departmental Honors major
Requirements are the same as for the major, plus: 2 additional advanced courses at the 300 level; dissertation or comprehensive examination (written or oral); an average of 3.20 in courses in the major.
Foreign study requires prior consultation of Advisor, Associate Dean, and Registrar, to make sure that course grades and credits earned are transferable to Lehigh. Where appropriate, Financial Aid should also be consulted. Program listings and scholarship application forms may be consulted in the MLL office. A maximum of 16 credits may be transferred toward the ordinary major and 24 credits toward the honors major for a year abroad, 12 credits for a semester.
Advanced placement and CEEB credits count towards graduation but NOT towards the major. Transfer students may transfer up to 12 credits towards the major.
Please visit the online Course Catalog for German course listings: