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German Literature Major

Welcome to the German Literature undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • German Literature major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the German Literature major, which changes annually.  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

Professor William O'Brien

2017-2018 Faculty Advisor
Professor William O'Brien

Major Requirements (for students entering UCSD Fall 2017 or later)

German Literature major checklist
  1. Nine upper-division courses in German literature. Two of these should be in literature written before the year 1850.
  2. Secondary Language & Literature: Students will satisfy this requirement by completing the lower-division course sequence in a language other than German, through a designated terminal lower-division course.
    1. Intensive Language Track:  Students will also be able to choose to complete an intensive track, which will be noted on the their transcript.  Students who would like to earn this notation will complete the lower-division language sequence, as well as two upper-division literature courses in the language.  Students who would like to pursue the intensive track should consult with an advisor to see how that path will affect their upper division requirements.
  3. Upper-division electives chosen from Department of Literature offerings to make a total of twelve upper-division courses.

Major Requirements (for students that entered UCSD prior to Fall 2017)

German Literature major checklist
  1. Nine upper-division courses in German literature. Two of these should be in literature written before the year 1850.
  2. Three courses in a secondary literature, that is, a literature taught in a language other than German. At least one of these courses must be upper division. Special studies courses (198s and 199s) and courses in foreign literatures taught in German do not apply to the secondary literature requirement.
    1. It is highly recommended that German Literature majors choose English as their secondary literature.  By taking three upper division LTEN courses, both the secondary literature requirement and the upper division literature electives requirement are complete.
  3. Upper-division electives chosen from Department of Literature offerings to make a total of twelve upper-division courses.

How to switch to the new 2017 requirements

Students that entered UCSD prior to Fall 2017 are allowed to either follow their existing requirements or switch to the new 2017 major requirements.

If you are considering changing to the new 2017 requirements:

  1. Review the new major requirements in the "Major Requirements (for students entering UCSD Fall 2017 or later)" section above.
  2. Consult with a Literature Department faculty member to determine which requirements would be the best preparation for your future goals.  One faculty member we encourage you to talk to is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  3. Visit us in the Literature Office (Room 110, Literature Building) during walk-in advising, where an advisor will prepare the necessary paperwork for you to review and sign.
  4. Once the paperwork is signed and filed, we will update your degree audit to reflect your new requirements.

NOTE: Switching to the new requirements means a complete switch.  No partial changes in requirements will be permitted.

Minor Requirements

Seven LTGM courses, at least four of which must be upper-division.  Lower division courses that may be applied to the minor: LTGM 2A, 2B and 2C.  All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  You can declare a German Literature minor (LT31) on TritonLink, using the Major/Minor Tool.

Course Information

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major does have a German language requirement, so students are highly recommended to start taking courses in German language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at litprospective@ucsd.edu or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • YOU SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN A GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSE IN YOUR FIRST QUARTER AT UCSD.  If you need assistance determining which course is appropriate, please call us at 858-534-3210.

Study Abroad for Your Major

German Literature majors are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  German Literature majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements, and German Literature minors may apply up to 3 upper division courses to their minor.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:


Alumni Highlight:


German Literature Alumni - Kat Burnside

Kat Burnside, ’96

German Literature

Communications Strategist, VIVA Strategy + Communications,

Kat Burnside is a communications strategist with a background in global public relations strategy, crisis communications, outreach campaigns, and marketing efforts. She spent the first eight years of her career in broadcast news, and was responsible for daily news content and special live event coverage for CBS Radio in Boston.



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Map to the Literature Building

Walk-in Advising

Literature Building, Room 110
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Virtual Advising Center

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