German Minor

The German minor program can enable students to achieve a reasonable proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The program also introduces students to German literature and culture.

Graduates have found their foreign-language education particularly useful in a number of professional and business careers: education, health services, a number of professional and business careers, and a wide range of government careers.

Degree Requirements

The minor in German requires a minimum of five (5) course credits, as follows:

Required Core Course

GER 103Intermediate German III

1 Course Credit

Required Distribution Courses

Four (4) additional GER course credits above the 103 level, as specified by the Foreign Languages Program


Exploring the Minor — Students interested in German as a minor should complete or waive GER 101 and GER 102 as early as possible. Those who have had previous experience with German should contact the faculty in German for a waiver interview, which will determine their appropriate entry-level course.

Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms) — Whether starting with GER 101 or at a higher level, prospective German minors should begin taking GER courses as soon as possible. Unless waived, all introductory and intermediate courses (GER 101, GER 102, GER 103) must be taken in sequence. After completion of GER 103, students may take upper-level courses in any order.

Proficiency Requirements for the Minor — A grade of C or higher in each required GER course and in each collateral course is required for continuation in the minor. In addition to specified course requirements, each student must satisfy program standards for written and oral communication. Minors must meet all program requirements, including a B- average (2.8 GPA) in German, in order to receive financial support from the Program to study abroad.

Other Considerations in the Minor — The Program offers financial assistance for German minors who wish to study abroad. Acceptance into the minor neither requires nor guarantees a term abroad. Nevertheless, minors strongly are encouraged to study abroad during a summer term in Germany or Austria in a program approved by the Program, which advises students in selecting the proper program and applying for scholarships.