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German Language, Literature, and Culture

Degrees Offered: Minor, B.A.

Why Study German?

Knowledge of German gives students improved qualifications in fields as diverse as arts, media, sciences, research, technology and the humanities.

  • German is one of the official languages of the EU
  • 42 million Americans can trace their ancestry to Germany
  • Germany is the most important trading partner for almost all European and many non-European partners
  • Knowledge of German will give you a better chance when applying to graduate schools
  • Read Goethe’s “Faust”, listen to Bach and Schubert, watch movies like “Live of the Others,” all in the original language.
  • German is one of the most commonly used languages after English on the internet
  • German companies account for 800,000 jobs in the US. Knowing German gives you an advantage for careers in:
  • Business, Communication Studies, European Literature, History, International Relations, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Psychology, Publishing, Sociology, and Sciences

German Placement Exam

If you have studied German either formally or informally, lived in a German-speaking country, or grown up in a German-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any GER course. To access the German exam, please go to MySlice. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Karina von Tippelskirch

Kade Student Travel Awards

Download the PDF application for the Kade Student Travel Award.

German Major and Minor

The German Major and Minor

Students are admitted into the major through departmental approval and should consult the German Program Coordinator about their major as early as possible so that they may be sure to satisfy prerequisites and requirements within four years.

The Major

A Major in German requires a minimum of 27 credits beginning with GER 202 and above. Refer to the Course Catalog for specific major requirements. 

The Minor

The German Minor requires at least 18 credits; 12 of the credits have to be taken at the 300 level or above. Refer to the Course Catalog for specific minor requirements.


Refer to the Course Catalog for a list of classes.


German Resources

Süddeutsche Zeitung: one of the biggest German daily newspapers
Jetzt-Online: youth magazine of Sueddeutsche Zeitung; weekly
Die Zeit: weekly paper covering both politics and culture
Hamburger Morgenpost: daily paper
Bild: German daily tabloid paper
taz: Berlin daily paper (website has only textversions of articles)
Die Neue Zürcher Zeitung: one of Switzerland's biggest daily papers
News: Austrian tabloid paper
Der Standard: Austrian daily paper

Der Spiegel: THE German political magazine
Focus: Spiegel's opponent, easier to read
Stern: comparable to People's magazine
Bunte: similar to Stern
Max: German lifestyle magazine
Vogue Deutschland
Elle Deutschland
Sport-Bild: sports tabloid
Der Kicker German soccer magazine

Politik und Regierung
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Auswärtiges Amt: German foreign ministry
Info über Deutschland: page by the German government, has lots of different information about Germany
German government
Austrian government: with lots of info about Austria and its people
Swiss parliament

Projekt Gutenberg: full text database of a vast variety of German authors
Märchen offers several German fairy tales as mp3s
Amazon The German site of Amazon


In Deutschland:
FU-BEST,Freie Universitat-Berlin European Studies, SU World Partner Abroad

In Österreich:
Uni Innsbruck
Uni Salzburg
Uni Wien
Link zum Goethe-Institut

Die Tagesschau (ARD)
Heute-Nachrichten (ZDF)
Deutsche Welle
Scola: SU students can access Scola through the SU Library and use Scola world TV and language learning tools free of charge.

Info about movies in the theater
Der Herr der Ringe (Lord of the Rings)
Good Bye Lenin
Lola rennt (Run Lola Run)
Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The princess and the warrior)
Film Portal

Deutsches Fernsehen
Pro Sieben

LEO An easy to use online-dictionary that provides good results You get a list of dictionaries when you click on 'German'
Pons-Online-Wörterbuch Here you will also find technical vocabulary lists (look at the links above the dictionary!)
Idiomatische Redewendungen A bis K A resource of idioms
Idiomatische Redewendungen L bis Z The second part of the above German Tumbler