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.
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2024|
|Interpreter/translator||$46,120 per year||29% (17,500 new jobs)|
|Anthropologist||$63,190 per year||4% (300 new jobs)|
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.
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At least 30 hours of GER courses at the 300 level or above.
Total: 30-33 semester hours
Advanced German I
Study of standard High German using current conversational and literary sources. Designed to improve oral and written language skills. Required for majors and minors. Recommended: GER 202.
Advanced German II
Continuation of GER 311. Required for majors and minors. Recommended: GER 311.
Required Courses I
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.
Modern German Literature in Translation
Interpretation and discussion of representative works by modern German- speaking writers with a focus on their views of contemporary society. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group I-A: Human Events and Ideas)
The Culture of the German Economy
Development of proficiency through readings, discussions, and translations dealing with the culture of the German economic system and Germany in world trade. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GER 312.
The Culture of German Business
Development of proficiency through readings, discussions, and translations dealing with key areas of the German business culture such as management, marketing and corporate hierarchies. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GER 312.
German Cultural History I
The civilization of Germany and German-speaking areas with emphasis on the social, artistic, philosophical, and literary aspects. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: GER 202.
German Cultural History II
Continuation of GER 341. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: GER 202.
Survey of German Literature I
Survey of the chief literary periods from the earliest texts through the Enlightenment, reading representative authors and works within their social contexts. May be offered as writing intensive. Recommended: GER 202.
Survey of German Literature II
Survey of the chief literary periods from the end of the eighteenth century until the early 1930's, reading representative authors and works within their social contexts. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: GER 202.
Survey of German Literature III
Survey of the chief literary periods from the 1930s until the present time, reading representative authors and works within their social contexts. Conducted in German. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: GER 202.
German Cultural History III
Investigation of the cultural history of 'Germany' from post-war division through reunification and after, as seen through a wide variety of texts and other media. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: GER 202.
Highlights of German Film
A survey of German film from the Weimar Republic through the present, with the focus on significant and representative feature films. Taught in German. Recommended: GER 202.
Advanced Studies in German
Special topics may include language, literature and/or culture. May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering. Recommended: GER 202.
German Literature to 1776
The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and the Enlightenment. Modern German translations from Old High German and Middle High German periods. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 300-level courses.
The classical age culminating in the works of Goethe and Schiller. The authors' lives, thoughts, and impact on their contemporaries. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 300-level courses.
German Literature of the Nineteenth Century
Romanticism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism through representative authors. Prerequisite: at least 6 hours of 300- level courses.
German Literature of the Twentieth Century
Impressionism, Expressionism, Neo-realism, and other current trends. Prerequisite: At least 6 hours of 300-level courses.
Advanced Studies in German
To develop advanced proficiency in German. Special topics may include language, literature, and/or culture. May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering. Recommended: 6 hours at the 300 level.
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Analysis of grammatical structures, vocabulary expansion, and extensive practice in written expression. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: GER 312.
Required Courses II
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.
German Language Study Abroad
Intended for advanced students studying abroad. Prerequisites: GER 202.
Intended for students on the exchange program with the Federation of German-American Clubs. Prerequisites: 6 hours at the 300 level; permission of the instructor.
Choose electives at the 300 level or above.