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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.

Why Study German?

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.

Degree Requirements

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.


Courses are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin under the following headings: German, International Cultures. Use this link to access the Undergraduate Bulletin


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