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Students are encouraged to declare their intent to major or minor in German in their sophomore year and to make an advising appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss their academic plans, including options for a study abroad semester or year.

Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours in German beyond AS.210.262 Intermediate German II.

German Language Placement

Students who have taken German before college and plan to continue at Johns Hopkins must take the departmental placement exam before registering for a German class. This exam is available online year-round; for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you plan to study the language. The exam covers grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening skills. You may take the exam only once.

If you have successfully taken the pre-requisite courses for the class, you do not need to take the placement test.

Steps to Register for a German Class

  1. Take the German placement test online.
  2. Professor Deborah Mifflin or an administrative staff member to inform one of them that you have taken the test and for which course you wish to be cleared for registration. They will contact the Registrar’s Office to give permission for you to register.

BA/MA Program

The department offers highly qualified students the option to complete a combined degree in five years. To receive the BA/MA degree, the student must complete advanced courses in German literature and pass the departmental written and oral master’s examinations.

Students interested in this option should make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than the spring of their junior year to discuss the options available to them.

German Honor Society

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins sponsors the Delta Epsilon chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honor Society. The Delta Epsilon chapter of Johns Hopkins University was formed in 1954 and has recently reestablished itself.

To join the German National Honor Society, undergraduates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have attained sophomore standing
  • Have a 3.5 GPA (B+) minimum in German courses
  • Have a 3.0 minimum GPA (B-) overall
  • Be enrolled in a German course at induction
  • Sophomore standing (or above)
  • 3.0 overall GPA (B-)
  • 3.5 in German courses (B+)
  • Be enrolled in an advanced German course (above Intermediate)
  • $25 for induction (additional $10 for a graduation honor cord)

If you are interested in joining Delta Phi Alpha, please contact the faculty adviser for an application form. Applications forms are accepted on a rolling basis and we hold the induction ceremony in the spring semester each year.

The completed form and payment ($25 for the membership certificate, pin, and induction ceremony; additional $10 for honor cord to wear at graduation) should be dropped off directly to Professor Mifflin, Gilman 469B, or left with one of the MLL department administrators in Gilman 401.