Feb 25, 2024
The German studies minor offers small, focused, and student-centered classes in language, literature, culture and history. Students are encouraged to study abroad to achieve proficiency but may complete the minor on campus. A minor in German Studies is an asset to students who seek careers in education, international business, translation and interpretation, hospitality and tourism, the military, and more.
Only courses at the 200-level or above may count towards the minor.
GERM 151, 152, 153 or equivalent linguistic proficiency in German language. Placement test is available through testing services or by contacting the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- perform linguistic proficiency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in the target language at the novice high level or higher (if students study abroad or take second year German) on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale;
- apply global intercultural competence at the intermediate level as defined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL);
- recognize the value of cultural and linguistic diversity in various communicative contexts. Connect the value of cultural and linguistic diversity to personal development; and
- examine and interpret salient historical and cultural features of the regions/communities studied.
WLC Department Requirements
Students planning to major or minor must meet with an advisor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for details about admission requirements and to complete an application form.
Students in the majors and minors must earn a minimum grade of C+ in each course used for their program/s.
Core Course Requirements
Only courses numbered 200 and above will count toward a major or minor. Students may contact the department to request placement testing if they have prior instruction in any of the languages. For students with sufficient preparation, the 200-level sequence may be waived through our placement exam or credit by examination. Please note that Spanish CLEP test scores may be used to complete general education and/or graduation requirements but may not be used to fulfill course requirements for Spanish majors or minors. Students planning to study abroad must see their advisor prior to departure to ensure the applicability of the proposed course of study. All upper-division classes not listed as requirements are approved electives.
Required Courses Credits: 10
Department-Approved Electives Credits: 15
For elective credits there are three options:
- Fifteen credits of language electives of Second Year German: GERM 251, GERM 252, GERM 253.
- Fifteen credits of culture electives from courses listed. Other Germany-related courses can count as elective by permission of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
- Transfer credits of courses taken as part of approved study abroad.