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    Jun 22, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

German Major (BA)

Students may major in German at the present time, though course selection is limited due to the likely phase-out of the German program at Hamline. Students will be advised to enroll in German courses at Augsburg University, Macalester College, or the University of St. Thomas through Hamline’s ACTC affiliation. Course transfers from study abroad programs may also be used to meet requirements of the German major, with approval.

Students majoring in German are encouraged to take MODL 1010: The Language Phenomenon, or MODL 1020: Language and Society, early in their careers. If possible, students should declare their major as sophomores. Such a time frame allows for adequate discussion with advisors, and appropriate course and study abroad planning.

Students are encouraged to complement their language major with a second major and to discuss possible objectives with a member of the department. In the past, students have chosen to double major in such fields as sociology, social justice, biology (pre-med), education, communication studies, global studies, business administration, legal studies, and political science. The LEAP program offers opportunities for internships and for exploring both work and community service.

Language Placement Tool 

All first year, transfer, and returning students are encouraged to an online placement assessment before registering for their first Hamline language class. 

  • The assessment takes 10-25 minutes on average.
  • Results are available on-line within a few minutes of completing the assessment.
  • The assessment results indicate clearly which appropriate level students should register for, including 1st (1110), 2nd (1120), 3rd (3210) and 4th (3220) semester language level. Scores higher than 4th semester should register for an Advanced Composition, Conversation or Reading course.

See the Courses section of this Bulletin or the Modern Languages Department webpages for course descriptions.

For more information and to access the placement tool, visit


Major Requirements

A German major consists of nine courses as follows:

Six additional courses in German

Six additional German courses numbered above 1120 are required.

Also accepted, with the prior approval of the Modern Languages department chair:

  • Advanced German courses taken through study abroad and/or the ACTC (Augsburg University, Macalester College, and the Univeristy of St. Thomas)
  • One course in English (in addition to MODL 1010 or 1020) whose content focuses significantly on the German-speaking world.


Courses in language study through the minimum level required for the major, GERM 1120, are counted toward breadth of study.