Minor in German

In light of the importance of global languages in today's international world of science, engineering, and management, the HASS Minor gives undergraduates a unique opportunity to combine a degree in science or engineering with a Minor in German. The HASS German Minor offers students who have already reached an intermediate level of proficiency (third semester or above) an opportunity to pursue more advanced study of German language, literature, and culture. Note that German I and II do not count toward the Minor.

The Minor Program in German consists of six subjects, typically distributed among the following three tiers, depending on your level of language competence and the approval of the Minor Advisor. Unlike other Minor Programs in HASS, the Minor Advisor for languages at his or her discretion can approve a minor in which MIT subjects comprise a minimum of one third of the subjects in the program. However, this exception to the general HASS Minor Requirement is only allowed in those cases in which students have received transfer credits equal to a maximum of four subjects through study abroad in a country where the language of the Minor is the dominant tongue. Please consult the MIT bulletin or the subject offerings page. You may consider Harvard or Wellesley subjects towards the minor subject to approval of the Minor Advisor.

Tier I: Two language subjects or less depending on demonstrated level of competence:

21G.403 German III; HASS-H
21G.404 German IV; HASS-H

Tier II: Two or three subjects in German language, literature and culture: 21G.405-21G.412.
21G.405 Intermediate German: Intensive Study of Language and Culture; HASS-H
21G.409 Advanced German: Visual Arts, Media, Creative Expression; HASS-A
21G.410 Advanced German: Communication for Professionals; HASS-H
21G.412 Advanced German: Literature and Culture; HASS-H

Tier III: Two or three subjects from the following advanced subjects in German literature and culture: 17.561, 21G.019, 21G.055J, 21G.057, 21G.058, 21G.059, and 21G.414-21G.420.
Current Offerings:
21G.414 German Culture, Media, and Society; HASS-H
21G.415 Germany and its European Context; HASS-H
21G.416 20th and 21st Century German Literature; HASS-H
21G.417 Cultural Geographies of Germany: Nature, Culture, and Politics; HASS-H
21G.418 Migration, Race and Ethnicity in a New Europe and Germany; HASS-H
21G.420 Visual Histories: German Cinema 1945 to Present; HASS-H

Subjects taught in English:
17.561 European Politics; HASS-S
21G.019 Communicating Across Cultures; HASS-H 
21G.055J Media in Weimar and Nazi Germany; HASS-H CI-H
Gender in Science, Technology, and Environment ; HASS-H
21G.058 Migration, Race and Ethnicity in a New Europe and Germany; HASS-H
21G.059 Paradigms of European Thought and Culture; HASS-H, CI-H

Your German Minor and Your G.I.R.S.

Of the six subjects required for the minor, at most five can count toward satisfaction of the eight-subject Institute HASS Requirement. Of these five, only one can count toward the HASS Distribution requirement. You can Minor and Concentrate in the same field.

  1. You may not use your junior- senior Pass/Fail option for any of your minor subjects.
  2. The Application for a Minor should be on file by the end of your sophomore year, but no later than two terms before you intend to graduate.
  3. There is a $50 late fee if you have not filed your Minor Completion form by the third week of the semester in which you intend to graduate.

Please consult the German Minor Advisors in order to plan your minor, based on your language proficiency and interests:
14N-318 • x2-4774• ecrocker@mit.edu

14N-421 • x3-3061• stoetzer@mit.edu

Contact the Academic Administrator, Joyce Roberge, with any other questions:
14N-310 • x3-4550


Paperwork Procedure

  1. Pick up a HASS Minor Application form in 14N-305, 4-240, 7-104, or 11-120.

  2. Fill it out in consultation with the Minor Advisor. Distribute copies of the application to your Major Advisor, the HASS Academic Administrator, and the MIT GSL main office.

  3. When you complete all of your minor subjects, bring the white copy of your grade report (as well as a copy of your proposal) back to your Minor Advisor for a final signature.

​​​​Revised for AY2016, 8/3/2015