​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

To understand the German language is to understand Germany's rich cultural, historical and literary traditions. The German program at CMU features classes and integrated study abroad programs with summer, semester and year-long opportunities that will immerse you into German culture. All programs offer courses in German as well as in other academic fields. The German program will prepare you for a career in international businesses and global industries. A German major or minor combines well with other academic disciplines such as history, engineering, international business, biomedical science, political science, journalism or music.

Points of Pride

  • Students have the opportunity to earn a full-ride scholarship to study at one of 24 German universities.

Put Your Degree to Work

Employers need professionals who can communicate in more than one language and understand diverse peoples and cultures. Germany's long tradition of leadership in science, technology and contributions to the arts, as well as close political and economic ties with the U.S., generates a high demand for professionals with German language skills. Those who develop those skills are highly sought after in fields such as computer science and engineering; cultural resource management and arts administration; foreign service; government; international management and marketing; journalism; teaching; tourism/hospitality; and translating/interpreting.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2024
Interpreter/translator$46,120 per year29% (17,500 new jobs)
Anthropologist$63,190 per year4% (300 new jobs)

For More Information

Visit the world languages and cultures website or contact:

Department of World Languages and Cultures
Pearce Hall 305
Email: wlc@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3786

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

German Major

At least 30 hours of GER courses at the 300 level or above.
Total: 30-33 semester hours
Core Courses
(6 hours)
GER 311
Advanced German I
GER 312
Advanced German II
Required Courses I
(15 hours)
Select courses in German culture and/or literature from:
Note: GER 370 and 470 can be taken more than once with permission of the advisor.
GER 325
Modern German Literature in Translation
GER 335
The Culture of the German Economy
GER 336
The Culture of German Business
GER 341
German Cultural History I
GER 342
German Cultural History II
GER 343
Survey of German Literature I
GER 344
Survey of German Literature II
GER 345
Survey of German Literature III
GER 347
German Cultural History III
GER 350
Highlights of German Film
GER 370
Advanced Studies in German
GER 403
German Literature to 1776
GER 405
German Classicism
GER 407
German Literature of the Nineteenth Century
GER 409
German Literature of the Twentieth Century
GER 470
Advanced Studies in German
Required Courses II
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following for a minimum of 3 hours:
Note: Students unable to study abroad must take an additional 6 hours of coursework on campus at the 300 level or above to be approved by an advisor.
GER 310
German Language Study Abroad
GER 410
Study Abroad
(6 hours)
Choose electives at the 300 level or above.