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The German program prepares you to communicate effectively in German; to understand the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of the German-speaking world; to make connections between developments in German culture and trends in history, politics, and society; and to act with intercultural competence. At all course levels, students engage in active learning through proficiency-based instruction.

The German minor is a smart career move for business, chemistry, and engineering majors -- especially if you’re interested in working for a German-based company. You can even work with faculty to design a program suited to your specific academic goals. The experiential learning component similarly links students’ course work in German to their other professional and personal interests through an independent project, internship, or thesis.

What Will You Learn?

The German curriculum prepares students to communicate effectively in German and to understand cultural perspectives, products, and practices of the German-speaking world.

More than 86 million people speak German. Learning German is a smart career move for students majoring in business, chemistry, or engineering. A minor in German pairs well with a major in International Business with Language and Culture, opening the door for meaningful study abroad experiences.

Minor in German: 18 credit hours, beginning at any level. One course in a cognate area (e.g., history, political science, philosophy) or up to three credits of experiential learning.

For details, please contact the department or consult the most recent Undergraduate Bulletin.

Course descriptions are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin under the following headings: 


International Cultures

The Rene Fabien Scholarship is available to German minors to provide financial assistance for summer, semester, or year abroad experiences.

Julia Karolle-Berg, Ph.D.
Professor of German

Click here for a list of courses offered in Fall 2021.

Program Spotlight

CMLC 2021 German minors

Join us in celebrating the German Studies minors from the Class of 2021.

German Studies '21


Michael Brody '20, German minor

Congratulations to Michael Brody, Class of 2020!

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Julia Karolle-Berg receives PCHF Fellowship

Julia Karolle-Berg, PhD, professor of German Studies, has received a fellowship from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation for a three-month research stay in Berlin to work at the State Library. She will conduct her research during the Fall 2020 semester.

Dr. Karolle-Berg was also named an alternate for a Fulbright Research Grant (2020-2021).