Students must complete German 204 (fourth semester German) or its equivalent before declaring the major. Students then work with an advisor to customize their planned program around an area of interest, such as literature, culture, linguistics 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. No more than 9 credits per semester will be accepted from study abroad. To earn the major, students must successfully complete: German 331, 332, 333 and 334; All majors are required to take an advanced language proficiency exam, normally during the semester in which they complete their major requirements. See Major Requirements webpage.

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.