The minor in German studies has very flexible requirements, allowing students to easily adapt it to another major. Proficiency in German and knowledge of German culture are assets in many careers, including business, government, STEM fields, and education.

If you minor in German, you’ll take five courses in the program: four in the German language above the 230 level, and one additional course in German or English. Our German-language courses focus on the continuous development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, but also engage with cultural, historical, and political issues in the German-speaking world. German cultural courses are interdisciplinary and address such wide-ranging topics as German myths and folk tales, the Holocaust, German literature and film, and Yiddish and German-Jewish culture.

We strongly encourage our minors to spend a semester or a year studying abroad in Germany, where we have long-standing partner agreements with a number of universities.