Pathway in Philosophy

Principal faculty mentor: Michael Stern

This pathway is designed to provide:

  • Philosophy students with a broader perspective that illuminates  the cultural, political, and literary environments within which German and Scandinavian philosophers lived, thought, and worked.
  • Students of German and Scandinavia with a perspective on how thought from the region spread geographically and was extended intellectually through time.
Requirements for the Ger/scan major
  1. Take GER 101-103 and 201-203; or SWED 101-103 and 201-203 (or place out)
  2. Take 4 upper-division courses taught in German or a Scandinavian language (e.g. GER 311-313 and one other; SWED 405: Third Year Swedish)
  3. Take 4 courses from the “German and Scandinavian Philosophical Culture” list below
  4. Take 4 courses from the “German History and History of Philosophy” list below
  5. Make sure you end up with
    1. A grand total of 12 courses beyond GER 101-203 or SWED 101-203
    2. At least 8 of the 12 at the upper division
    3. At least 6 of the 12 with a GER or SCAN subject code
  6. Consult your faculty mentor about
    1. the capstone requirement
    2. study abroad (if you’re interested)


GER 251         Culture of Money
GER 252         War, Violence, Trauma
GER 341         Introduction to German Culture and Society
GER 407         (when taught as Philosophical Prose)
GER 220M      From Kierkegaard to Kafka (also offered as SCAN 220M)
SCAN 251      Text and Interpretation
SCAN 341      Revisions of the Scandinavian Dream
SCAN 351      Periods in Scandinavian Literature
SCAN 408      (when taught as a Kierkegaard seminar)

Other GER and SCAN courses also count


HIST 342        German History
HIST 420        The Idea of Europe
HIST 427        Intellectual History
HIST 443        Modern Germany
HIST 444        The Holocaust
PHIL 211        Existentialism
PHIL 308        Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 312        History of Philosophy (19th Century)
PHIL 343        Critical Theory
PHIL 350        Metaphysics (contingent upon content)
PHIL 415        Continental (contingent upon content)
PHIL 433        17th and 18th century Philosophers (contingent upon content, e.g. Kant)
PHIL 453        19th century Philosophers (contingent upon content, e.g. German Idealism, Marx, Nietzsche)
PHIL 463        20th century Philosophers (contingent upon content, e.g. Heidegger, Wittgenstein)