German is the third most studied foreign language in the world, and, at UWM, we offer more than just instruction in language. In addition to German fluency, students learn how to apply that fluency by studying German culture, literature, customs, and history.
Wisconsin has a strong German heritage and many students find it both professionally useful and personally satisfying to explore the State's German influences. Many may come into college having already taken German in high school. Students can take a placement test to determine their starting course and may be able to earn retroactive credits if they place above the level of GERMAN 101.
Fluency in German can provide a career advantage in all types of industries where Germany and other German-speaking countries are leaders: finance, marketing, manufacturing, politics, government work, electronics and technology, chemical and biochemical, environmental science, and architecture. At UWM, language students receive an education in not just language fluency but also in the culture surrounding that language. Context matters in communication, and we believe it is important for students to understand the history, literature, and customs of native speakers of German in order to successfully apply their fluency.
A general minor in German is available, and there is a minor in Business German. The Business German minor is ideal for students interested in German business concepts, perhaps in preparation for an international business career. In addition to German language and culture classes, students take accounting or marketing classes from UWM’s Lubar School of Business.
Students are encouraged to participate in UWM's well-established study abroad program. Destinations are available in more than 70 sites around the world and vary in length from a few week immersion, to semester-long, to even a full year. Because of the complexities of planning a study abroad experience, students are encouraged to start planning early in sophomore year. Most students engage in study abroad during the second half of sophomore year or during their junior year.
The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work. Substitutions for some course requirements are possible and may include internships with firms doing business in German-speaking countries. Students also have the option of completing a Certificate in Business German offered by the Goethe Institut. For further information, consult the German Program Coordinator.
The business German minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits, including the following:
|GERMAN 331||German Grammar in Practice||3|
|GERMAN 332||Presentation and Composition||3|
|GERMAN 333||Texts and Contexts||3|
|GERMAN 360||German for the Global World||3|
|GERMAN 672||German for Professional Purposes||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Financial Accounting|
|Principles of Marketing|