Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

The German major is a carefully designed program in the areas of language, literature, culture and linguistics.

The program addresses the needs of students at all levels, from those without prior knowledge of German to those with advanced, near-native or native competency in German.

Many of the students enrolled are double majors.

Students have the opportunity and are encouraged to study abroad.

Learning German is not only an enriching experience — It also offers real advantages in your professional future.

Every discipline in the humanities, sciences and social sciences has a strong German tradition.

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? N/A
When should I first meet with my major department? At any time during the semester via email.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Student are usually divided based on their last name’s initial. Students can find out who their advisor is by consulting this page: Students can contact their advisor via email (information provided in the above link) or by visiting advisor office hours.
Where can I find information about major advising?

German Program webpage:

Faculty information:

B.A. German:

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Students should get in contact with the instructor teaching the course to express their interest in taking the class and should still attend the first class of the semester. Often enrollment changes during the first days of the term and students are able to enroll in the class they need.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Willkommen!

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Students may choose one of the courses: GER 301, GER 305, GER 325, GER 330, GER 335 or GER 341.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? German Language proficiency of at least B1 level of the European Framework of References of Languages or Advanced Low level of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No. If students experience an unforeseen roadblock, they should contact faculty in the German program.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? A freshman without prior German knowledge should enroll in GER 101 and continue with GER 102, GER 206 and GER 207. Proper placement of freshmen with prior knowledge / training of German will depend on years of German taken at another institution/High School and certificates such as AP German and German Language Diploma (DSD 2). Students with prior experience should contact a German program faculty member.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Each course has a prerequisite, however students should contact a German program faculty member to get advice on selecting appropriate classes and placement.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

AP German Language and Culture exam score of 3 will transfer in as 6 units of credit, 3 of which apply towards GE area C2.

An AP German Language and Culture exam score of 4 will transfer in as 11 units of credit, 7 of which apply towards GE area C2.  Students will also be exempt from taking GER 101, 102 and 206.  

An AP German Language and Culture exam score of 5 will transfer in as 20 units of credit, 10 of which apply towards GE area C2.  Students will also be exempt from taking GER 101, 102, 103, 301* and 302*.  

* Note that these units do not satisfy the minimum 40 upper division unit requirement for graduation.  




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