German Academics

Once you declare German as your major and have reached 300-level courses, you will be assigned an adviser from one of the German faculty. If you are adding German as a second major, you should contact the department and request an adviser. If you are looking to add a minor or certificate contact any of the German faculty with questions or concerns.

Major | 33 credit minimum

  • Liberal Arts Emphasis: For students seeking a career in government, international business or translating/interpreting, or those who want to complement other fields of study including political science, history, music, art and literature. 
  • Secondary Education Emphasis: For students who want to fulfill requirements leading to licensure for either Grades K-12 or 6-12.  Requires study abroad.

Minor | 21 credit minimum

  • Liberal Arts Emphasis
  • Secondary Education Emphasis

Certificate | 15-17 credit minimum

For more information about academic advising, visit the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) website.

Retroactive Credits

Students with prior global language training are eligible to earn up to 14 retroactive units (credits), shown in parentheses, by successfully completing one of the following courses with a grade of B or better: 111(3), 203(6), 204(9), 300 level (except for German 251, German 314, and German 361) (12).

  • Be aware that in order to be eligible for retroactive credits, you must receive a B or higher in the course you have placed into. No one may receive more than 12 retro credits.
  • No retroactive credits are awarded for German 251, German 314, and German 361.
  • To apply for retroactive credits after grades are submitted please visit the Global Languages and Cultures Retroactive Credits Application Webpage.
  • Please see your adviser for the complete policy on retroactive credits.