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Major/Minor Requirements

Students interested in German Studies may currently choose one of three possible approaches at the Colorado College.

German Studies Major

 A Student majoring in German Studies must complete nine units beyond the level of German 202, including GR305 (Composition and Conversation), GR416 (Senior Project), and seven additional elective courses. Students will work closely with their major advisor to develop a course of study that addresses their interests. Elective courses must be approved by the major advisor. Three of the elective courses may be German courses offered in translation at the 200 level, or courses in other disciplines that have a thematic focus on German Studies. GR 120 and 121 (offered only through the study abroad program in Lüneburg) may substitute for two of these electives. The remaining four electives must be fulfilled by German courses above the level of GR305 in which all work is completed in the German language.


German majors are encouraged to apply for one of the two annual stipends for a year of study at the Universities of Regensburg or Göttingen. The college’s own fall semester at the University of Lüneburg, Germany, allows students to study German language at all levels. A student may also minor in German (details below).


German Minor

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is GR102 or the equivalent.

Students must complete a minimum of six units, including GR201, GR202, and GR305, as well as three elective courses. Two electives may be GR120 and/or GR 121 (offered only through the study abroad program in Lüneburg), German courses offered in translation at the 200 level, or courses in other disciplines that have a thematic focus on German. The remaining elective must be fulfilled by a German course above the level of GR305 in which all work is completed in the German language.


Teacher Licensure

Students may qualify for secondary school teaching licensure under any of the above-mentioned options in German.  The minimum requirements beyond intermediate German include GR 305, GR 315, GR 316, GR 229, and any two additional 300-level courses.  For complete course and state requirements, please consult with the Education Department at Colorado College.



The prerequisites are five semesters of German (GR 101, 102, 201, 202, and 305) or the equivalent.

Applicants must be CC sophomores in good standing. Juniors may apply but should be aware of the complications arising from spending the senior year abroad (has the student fulfilled the all-college requirements; has student made necessary arrangements with his/her department regarding the senior project? etc.). Students need not major in any particular subject at CC or abroad, but there must be evidence of adequate language preparation and ability to adjust successfully to a year of living and studying in Germany. Some knowledge of the culture, geography and political-social situation in Germany is a prerequisite.

Students agree to live in the German House for one year upon return to CC in support of the CC German program.


Students are invited to submit an application for exchange scholarships to the Universities of Regensburg in southern Germany or Göttingen in northern Germany. The scholarships provide for free tuition and a monthly stipend for ten months at the host university. The amount increases periodically; it has been approximately 500 EUROS per month in Regensburg and 400 EUROS per month in Göttingen. Each stipend is generally sufficient to cover living expenses and German health insurance. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Germany. The German Program will assist with housing and registration formalities, and will make available a general guide to each university. In addition, a Max Kade grant in amount of $1,500.00 is made available to scholarship recipients, subject to approval by the Kade Foundation. This grant is sufficient to cover airfare, ground travel, and incidental expenses. Colorado College will cover the initial language course that is offered at both universities before the semester begins. We will not cover the semester ticket and fees (approximately 220 Euros/semester). Students are also responsible for personal expenses as they would be on the home campus. This amount will vary depending on each student.


Applications are due on SUMMIT the last Friday of January (deadline for upcoming winter semester).

On Summit each student will have to answer several essay questions regarding past experience supporting the application (previous travel, work, educational experiences and interests); progress toward a CC major and the effect of a year in Germany on graduation plans and major; and ability and willingness to live in the German House for one year.

Additional material (to be uploaded on Summit):

  • Academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members outside the German Program
  • A statement of purpose catered specifically toward both German universities (after reviewing all applications the German Program will decide which university might be the best fit). This statement will be sent to the respective universities and will help them find an academic advisor and home department for you. Therefore, you should specifically address your academic interests, progress toward the major, future career plans, and the reasons why you would like to study abroad. You should carefully research both universities and describe why they would be a good fit. In particular, you need to identify courses you might want to take in Germany and how you would benefit from them. This statement needs to be a well-written formal essay, no longer than 1-2 pages (single-spaced, pdf). It should also include your name, date, and institutional affiliation.

Study Abroad Opportunities in General

Students in any of the German major or minor options are encouraged to participate in a well-established Study Abroad Program through the Colorado College or another institution.
  • Colorado College Exchange Program: Two to four full scholarships are awarded each year to qualified CC students for study at either the University of Regensburg or the University of Göttingen during the junior or senior year.
  • Other programs: Visit CC's International Programs Office on the second floor of Armstrong Hall for information on other programs in German-speaking countries.
  • In order to receive transfer credit from non-CC programs, students must keep detailed documentation (course syllabi, notes, reading lists, certificates of course attendance, etc.) of all work completed abroad. Upon submission of that documentation to the corresponding department at CC (in consultation with the International Studies Office and the Registrar), CC credit will then be awarded or denied.