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German Certificate

A German certificate can help your resume stand out and it only requires 12 credits.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn interpersonal communication, interpretive listening, interpretive reading as well as oral and written presentations in German. In addition, you will learn about the German and Austrian cultures including the products, practices and perspectives. Critical thinking, problem solving and cultural awareness are also other student learning outcomes of the certificate. You would attain an Intermediate-Low level minimum in oral and written skills.

What are the requirements for this degree?

The four courses required are from the German studies minor and will be selected by advisement.


  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Counseling
  • Human communication

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program is a great asset for students seeking careers in such fields as:

  • Services (health, international organizations, volunteering)
  • Industry (import/export, marketing and advertising, overseas investments)
  • Government (foreign service, department of state, FBI, CIA, homeland security)

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

The focus is on oral proficiency. Thus, the program adheres to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards. Our classes are small so we can provide students with a truly one-on-one learning experience.

You may join the German Club, a student-run organization with the primary goal of supporting interest in the German language, history and culture. No prior knowledge of the language is required to join, but if you speak German, you will find club members on different levels to practice and converse with. The club has monthly meetings, movie nights, and other German cultural events like trips and celebrations for Easter, Christmas and Oktoberfest.

Study abroad is highly recommended.

Contact the Global Languages and Cultures Department Rowland Hall 109 1871 Old Main Dr. Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1635