German Literature and Philosophy

The German and Philosophy major option offers students the opportunity to combine studies in literature and philosophy. Students take most of their courses from departments specializing in the intersection of literature and philosophy.

The German and Philosophy major track requires a minimum of 16 courses, for a minimum total of 65 units, distributed as follows:
  • 35 units in German Studies, including:
    1. three courses at the 130 level
    2. a WIM course
  • GERGEN 181 / PHIL 81, the gateway course in philosophy and literature, preferably in the sophomore year.
  • Requirements in Philosophy:
    1. PHIL 80
    2. a course in the PHIL 180 series
    3. a course in the Philosophy 170 series
    4. two courses in the history of philosophy numbered above 100
  • Two additional elective courses of special relevance to the study of philosophy and literature as identified by the committee in charge of the initiative in literature and philosophy. In German, these courses include GERLIT 241-243 series, Deutsche Geistesgeschichte, and other advanced seminars in German thought and literature. Students must consult with their advisers, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and undergraduate adviser of the initiative in literature and philosophy.
  • Capstone: in place of a standard capstone course in the major, students take a capstone seminar approved through the initiative in literature and philosophy. The student’s choice of capstone seminar must be approved in writing by the Director of Undergraduate Studies andundergraduate adviser of the initiative in literature and philosophy.
  • Units devoted to meeting the department’s language requirement are not counted toward the 65-unit requirement.
The capstone seminar and the two related courses must be approved by both the German Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies and the undergraduate adviser of the initiative in literature and philosophy. Substitutions, including transfer credit, are not normally permitted for items 3b, 3c, and 3d, and are not permitted under any circumstances for items 2, 3a, and 5. Up to 10 units taken in the Philosophy Department may be taken CR/NC or S/NC; the remainder must be taken for a letter grade.



Russell Berman
berman@stanford.edu




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