Cultural contributions of German-speaking countries span a wide range from the invention of the printing press, to idealism, to psychoanalysis, to the theory of relativity, to countless works of art, literature, and music to the development of a viable Covid vaccine. German is among the 10 most commonly spoken languages and Germany, Switzerland, and Austria offer a world of study and career opportunities to those who speak the language. Students minoring in German acquire a broad understanding of the cultural heritage of German-speaking countries and major movements and processes that have shaped it. Engaging with “German” literature, theatre, art, history, music, film, sports, business, culinary traditions, and industrial innovations, students practice critical thinking on the social, cultural, economic, political, and technological forces that continue to affect German-speaking countries and their relations with the rest of the world. A minor in German complements majors such as International Studies, History, Political Science, Economy, English, Music, Art, Art History, and International Business. German minors are expected to reach the intermediate level of oral and written proficiency and will acquire the intercultural competency necessary for pursuing careers in communication, education, tourism, international development, and international business. Combined with a semester abroad in a German-speaking country, German minor course work optimally prepares students for further studies to achieve advanced proficiency needed for the professional use of German and for graduate school in German-speaking countries.
View minor requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Native and heritage speakers of German may earn up to 6 units for GERM 301 and/or GERM 302 by taking the department's Challenge Exam.