German Studies Minor

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to discover that

a German Studies Minor

comes in handy, but you may want to become one  . . .

find out how German can improve your odds of succeeding!

More than 100 million people are German native speakers!

German is the language with the most native speakers in Europe and the second most widely spoken language among non-native speakers.

You will enhance your employment opportunities in a global economy

Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world.

More than 1000 German companies have subsidiaries in the U.S. and more than 750 U.S. companies do business in Germany. Germany remains the most important investment location for U.S. companies according to the Boston Consulting Group.

You will ease you load as a future graduate student.

A lot of advanced degrees require advanced knowledge of German

(i.e. Art history, music.  .  . etc. - 40 % of scientists in the U.S. recommend the study of German.) German is he second most commonly used language for scholarly publications worldwide and one of the most commonly used languages on the Internet after English.

You will increase your chances for securing prestigious scholarships

There are more than 2000 scholarships and grants awarded each year to U.S. citizens by the German Academic Exchange Program, the Goethe Institut and other institutions and foundations.

Germany is the world’s leader in alternative energies.

Approximately half of all photovoltaic cells, as well as a third of all windmills are produced in Germany. In addition, German companies provide a third of the world’s hydroelectric installations. By March 2009 Germany had already met its 2012 Kyoto Treaty obligations for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, three years ahead of time.

German speaking countries are leading innovators in the world. Germany ranks 3rd in the world with regard to patent applications.

Speak  the language of the most popular country in the world! According to a 2010 BBC poll Germany is the country with the most positive influence in the world.

Research your family history. More than 50 Million Americans claim some German heritage. Perhaps, you are one of them?!

Don't be lost in translation! Take German and you will be able to read significant contributions to the field of literature, science, philosophy, psychology, history, music, politics . . . in the original.


Train your German Shepherd in German :) 

Cook German recepies

Find a German speaking pen pal: Goethe Institut

Information mostly based on: Facts about Germany, CIA Factbook,, and

Academic Advisor for German Studies

Lisa Kamrany is the go-to-person, when you want to declare a German Studies minor.

Lisa Kamrany
Academic Advisor
USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Kaprielian Hall (KAP) 357
(213) 740-3800


German Studies Minor Requirements:

(8 courses = 32 units)

At least four courses (16 units) must be unique to the


all courses are 4 unit courses:


Lower division language courses 

(4 courses = 16 units)


GERM 101, German I

GERM 102, German II

GERM 201, German III, Conversation and Composition

GERM 221, Conversational German IV


Upper division language course (1 course = 4 units)


GERM 310, Business German I

GERM 311,  Business German II

GERM 470, Advanced Composition and Stylistics


Upper division electives (3 courses = 12 units)

 only one course each from HIST, IR may be counted toward the minor

GERM 320, Composition and Conversation on Contemporary Affairs

GERM 325, Composition and Conversation in Cultural History

GERM 330, Introduction to Literary Studies

GERM 346, German Folklore and Popular Culture

GERM 352, Colloquium on Poetry

GERM 353, Colloquium on Prose

GERM 360, 20th Century German Prose: Texts and Films

GERM 410, Profile of German Literature I

GERM 420, Profile of German Literature II


HIST 323, The Holocaust in 20th Century Europe

HIST 414, Contemporary Europe

HIST 427, The German Question: Nation and Identity in Modern  

                     Central Europe

HIST 428, Life and Death in Nazi Germany

HIST 445, Comparative History and Theory of Fascism and Nazism


IR 369, Contemporary European International Relations

IR 385, European Foreign Policy and Security Issues

IR 468, European Integration


POSC 463, European Politics

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