​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

As a student in CMU’s German program, you’ll be immersed in the country’s rich cultural, historical and literary tradition. You’ll be prepared for a career with international businesses, to teach or to pursue graduate studies. You also can combine a German minor with majors such as history, political science, journalism or engineering. You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad and to receive a full scholarship to study at a German university for a year.​​

Points of Pride

  • CMU’s German program is one of two in Michigan to offer teacher training at the K-12 level and the only one with three full scholarships for students studying in Germany for a year.
  • If you aspire to teach, our teaching program is renown throughout Michigan. Students not only pass, but score extremely well on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification. This has resulted in a 100 percent job placement rate for these students.

Put Your Degree to Work

Germany’s tradition of leadership in science, technology and world-renowned contributions to the arts, as well as close political and economic ties with the United States, generates a high demand for professionals with German language skills in the following careers: computer science and engineering, cultural resource management and arts administration, foreign service, government, international management and marketing, journalism, teaching, tourism/hospitality, and translation/interpretation.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Interpreter/translator$45,430 per year46% (29,300 more jobs)
High school teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)
Anthropologist$57,420 per year19% (1,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the world languages and cultures website or contact:

Department of World Languages and Cultures
Pearce Hall 305
Email: fllc@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
GER 570
Advanced Grammar and Composition
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.