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Language Programs: German

The German Program in the Department of Modern Languages offers a German certificate. A regular rotation of courses are offered on the WKU Main Campus in Bowling Green. Many students of German also develop their proficiency by studying abroad. German can be combined with almost any other major to help increase your career opportunities.

German is spoken by over 100 million people worldwide. German is the language of culture and music. Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven all spoke German. Germany is important politically. It lies at the heart of the European Union, on an axis between Paris and Warsaw, Stockholm and Rome. Today it is known for its innovative engineering, and its support for renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Product names like Nivea, Ritter Sport, Krups, Braun, Miele, Porsche and Volkswagen are familiar to many Americans. German companies are building more and more manufacturing facilities in Kentucky. And Kentucky seeks to learn from Germany's "dual system" of education, as a press release from the Governor's office in March 2014 indicated.

GERM 101 German I: Fundamental Communication

GERM 102 German II: Social Communication

GERM 201 German III: Cultural Communication

GERM 202 The German-Speaking Lands

GERM 306 Experiencing German Abroad

GERM 314 Introduction to German Literature

GERM 330 German Composition and Conversation

GERM 331 Business German

GERM 332 Advanced German Translation

GERM 333 German Civilization and Culture

GERM 335 Contemporary Culture and Civilization

GERM 389 Internship in German

GERM 430 Advanced German Stylistics

GERM 435 German Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries

GERM 436 German Literature of the Classical Period

GERM 437 German Literature and Film

GERM 455 Topics in Germanic Literary and Cultural Studies

GERM 499 Advanced Studies in German

21 semester hours are required for the German Studies certificate (reference 1756). 12 credit hours of core courses develop basic German language proficiency and cultural expertise, and 9 credit hours of electives provide students the flexibility to tailor the certificate to support their professional interests. Some of the required course work may be accomplished through approved methods for demonstration of previous knowledge. Study abroad is encouraged. Students must earn a C or better in courses for the certificate.

Required core courses:

GERM 101 (3 hours)

GERM 102 (3 hours)    

GERM 201 (3 hours)

GERM 202 (3 hours)  


Total credit hours in required core courses:  12


Elective courses:

GEOG 364

HIST 335 

HIST 425

PHIL 346

PS 361

PS 369


German courses at the 300 and 400 level                                                                      

Total credit hours required in elective courses: 9

Total required hours: 21

The German Club meets several times each semester for movies, German food potlucks, parties, and field trips. Club members sometimes attend cultural events related to Germany, make a banner for Homecoming, and compete in the annual Christmas Tree decorating contest sponsored by the Kentucky Museum. Joining the club is a great way to find friends with similar interests while continuing to learn about German language and culture. Contact German Club Advisor professor Tim Straubel for more information.



Would you like to know more about studying German at WKU? Professor Laura McGee is the German Program Coordinator. Contact her for questions about placement, departmental exams, majoring or minoring, prestigious scholarships, and study abroad opportunities.




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 Last Modified 3/15/21