German Program

The German Program offers a wide range of language, literature, and civilization courses. During any semester, you’ll find courses on German literature, civilization and culture, linguistics, German for professional purposes (e.g., Business German), and beginning, intermediate, and advanced language and composition and conversation courses. The Program is made up of faculty members with varied areas of teaching and research interests, including linguistics, literature, culture, film, and pedagogy.

Where to Start

Students who have never taken German should begin their study of language with German 101. Students who have previously studied German may begin at a more advanced level. Results of a university-administered test determine advanced placement. It’s possible to receive up to 14 retroactive credits of German if, after being placed in a course because of your previous work in the language, you pass it with a grade of B or better.

Undergraduate study includes:

German Major

The German program offers a major in German that allows the student to concentrate in his/her area of interest: literature, philology, culture, or business.

The major requires a minimum of 30 credits in courses numbered 300 or above, at least 18 of them taken in residence at UWM. Not more than 9 credits per semester will be accepted from study abroad. Required are German 331, 332(426), 333 and 334; four additional courses on the 300 to 500-level (that are taught in German); and two courses on the 600-level. All majors are required to take an advanced language proficiency exam, normally during the semester in which they complete 18 credits in the major.

German majors are eligible for Honors in the major if they have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits attempted, at least a 3.50 GPA in all credits attempted which count toward the major, and at least a 3.50 GPA in all advanced credits which count toward the German major.

German Minor, Minor in Business German

The minor in German requires a minimum of 21 credits in courses numbered 300 or above, at least 9 of them taken in residence at UWM. Four courses on the 300 level are required: German 331, 332(426), 333, and 334. Students must complete 9 additional credits by selecting courses from the 300 to 600-level. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including transfer work.

The business German minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits taken in one of two tracks. The curriculum includes courses in business administration for non-business students and courses in the practical and professional use of the German language as well as understanding of German culture for all students. Substitutions for some course requirements are possible and may include internships with firms doing business in German-speaking countries.

For more detailed information about the German major and minor, consult the German Program in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Teaching Majors and Minors

A maximum of 27 credits in German courses beyond the second year is required for the teaching major. The 27 credits must include the following: 12 credits in literature courses; 9 credits in advanced language courses; one course each in German cultural history and phonetics. In addition, the Program strongly recommends that, in consultation with the Program advisor, the student take at least 6 credits in related courses outside the Program.

For certification to teach in secondary schools, the teaching minor, this minor can be taken only in conjunction with a language major. The following minimum of 15 credits of German courses beyond the second-year level is required: 6 credits in literature courses, 6 credits in advanced language courses, and one German cultural history course.

If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to become certified in German, consult the School of Education’s website about post-baccalaureate teacher certification.

UWM Undergraduate Bulletin

German Courses