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Where do I take courses in German?

The Department of Linguistics offers introductory courses in German.

The Department of Literature offers intermediate and advanced courses in German.

Department of Linguistics Department of Literature
1A/AX 2A
1B/BX 2B
1C/CX 2C
1D/DX

Note: Literature majors who have completed Linguistics LIGM 1C/CX (or the equivalent) should go directly into Literature LTGM 2A.

Where do I start?

  • If you have never studied the language before, you should enroll in LIGM 1A/AX
  • If you have studied the language before, you may not enroll in LIGM 1A/AX
  • If you have studied the language before, consult with your college advisor about whether you need to take an online placement test. This test will determine which course is appropriate for you. Students who have taken AP exams in these languages or other college-level courses may not need to take the online placement test - again, check with your advisor.

How do I know whether to enroll in Linguistics 1D/DX or Literature 2A?

You have the choice if
  • You have taken the UCSD Language Placement Test and have placed in Linguistics LIGM 1D or Literature LTGM 2A. 
  • You have completed Linguistics LIGM 1C/CX at UCSD
  • You have had the equivalent of 1 year of the language at a 4-year college or university.
  • You have had the equivalent of 3 semesters of the language at a community college.

Literature majors who have completed Linguistics LIGM 1C/1CX (or the equivalent) should go directly into Literature LTGM 2A.

You may want to enroll in Linguistics 1D/DX, if

  • You need a terminal course to satisfy the language requirement for Revelle College and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 1D/DX offers (see below).
  • You need another course to satisfy a 3-course language sequence for Roosevelt or Muir Colleges and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 1D/DX offers (see below).
  • You want additional conversational exposure before going on to Literature 2A.

You may want to enroll in Literature 2A, if

  • You need a terminal course to satisfy the language requirement for Revelle College and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 2A offers (see below).
  • You need another course to satisfy a 3-course language sequence for Roosevelt or Muir Colleges and you would like to complete this requirement with the emphasis that 2A offers (see below).

You are advised to enroll in Literature 2A, if

  • You plan to pursue a Major or Minor in the literature of that language within the Literature Department.
  • You plan to pursue the Language Studies Major or Minor for that language within the Linguistics Department.
  • You plan to participate in an EAP or OAP program that requires intermediate language competence.

Language and Culture Programs

German Supervisor:
Todd Kontje

Student Advising:
Danny Panella
Undergraduate Advisor
117 Literature Building
(858) 534-8681
Virtual Advising

Director Undergraduate Studies:
John D. Blanco


Virtual Advising
Virtual Advising

German Studies

The German Studies Program at UCSD is an interdisciplinary program that offers both a major and a minor for students with broad academic interests in the German-speaking world.

Course Flow Chart

Course Flow Chart

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Linguistics German 1D/DX

The Linguistics Language Program offers 1D/DX in German. This course develops all language skills while focusing on conversational competence, cultural awareness, and the grammatical functions essential for communication. 1D/DX is taught by two instructors entirely in the target language. Course activities include cultural readings, videos, resources of the Internet, and computer-based materials.

Literature German 2A

The Department of Literature offers 2A courses in German. These are general, intermediate-level language and culture courses conducted entirely in the target language. 2A includes a thorough review of grammar and continues to stress all four language skills -- speaking, listening, reading, and writing -- while introducing higher-level literacy skills. This is conducted through classroom practice and discussion of films, and cultural readings drawn from a variety of sources.