German (GERM)

Students gain an understanding of German-speaking cultures past and present while building intercultural competence, developing analytical and communication skills, and refining their oral and written German.

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Typical First Year Schedule

  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • GERM 111*
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • GERM 112*
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

*Assumes that the individual has no prior experience in German; higher coursework can be taken if prerequisites are met. Students with previous German learning experience must take the online placement exam to determine in which class level they should begin.

  • Students who have taken the German AP test may receive course placement based on their score (5=251 or 252, 4=232, 3=231). An AP score of 4 or 5 does not satisfy the FOL requirement nor can it count toward the major or the concentration. However, after successfully completing German 232 or 251 or 252, you will receive one retroactive elective course credit for your AP course.
  • If you wish to transfer credit from German courses taken at another college or university to St. Olaf, you should speak with the German Department chair. If you want to take summer school German courses at another college or university and transfer them to St. Olaf, you must obtain permission from the Registrar’s Office before registering for such courses. Failure to obtain pre-approval can result in your not obtaining credit for these courses.
  • All incoming students with prior German study or knowledge must take the online placement exam and/or report their German AP or IB test score to the Admissions Office in order to be placed in the course at which they should begin their German study.
  • You will be informed of your course placement shortly before summer registration; this information can also be found on the Student Information System (SIS). Contact Professor Amanda Randall ( for questions about the placement exam or your course placement.
Informational Events

Contact Prof. Amanda Randall ( to be added to the “germanspeakers” email list to receive department announcements about activities, classes, excursions, etc.


Chair, Department of German – Kari Lie Dorer (

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020