German Studies Minor

Learning the German language and about German culture provides you with more opportunities in a diverse job market.

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?

You must complete 18 credits (12 required, 6 electives) to earn this minor. Upper-level courses are taught in German.

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Tentative Course Schedule

Please note the following schedule is subject to change:

  • Fall 2021:
    • GER 101 (Beginning German 1)
    • GER 102 (Beginning German 2)
    • GER 150 (German Civilization & Culture) taught in English
    • GER 313 (German Composition & Stylistics)
  • Spring 2022:
    • GER 101 (Beginning German 1)
    • GER 102 (Beginning German 2)
    • GER 103 (Intermediate German)
    • GER 2XX (German Culture through Music)
    • GER 393 (The Holocaust & its German Legacy)
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Computer science
  • Counseling
  • International studies
  • Engineering
  • Human communication

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This minor 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?

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. Our students win scholarships to study or teach in Germany. We also have a partnership with the University of Nuremberg.