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Department of World Languages and Literatures German Degree

Major

GAIN EXPERTISE IN CULTURE AND LITERATURE WITH A UW-STEVENS POINT BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN GERMAN

Designed as a traditional study of German, our major provides students with a balanced knowledge of German language, literature, and civilization.

Students who fluently speak a world language, study abroad and build expertise in a second field develop promising career opportunities. Some develop careers as international marketers, bilingual customer service representatives or international account auditors. World languages students who earn teacher certification have close to a 100 percent job-placement rate.

Why Study German at UW-Stevens Point?

When you pursue a German degree, you become an educated citizen with skills valuable in business, finance, communications, social services, education, science, technology and government.

Marburg, Germany Semester Abroad

In cooperation with the Office of International Programs, we offer semester long language immersion program in Marburg, Germany. Marburg is known as an exciting location full of history, well-known for being the site of the oldest protestant university. Our returning students have consistently related positive impressions of their experiences in Germany.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Knowledge of a foreign language and language pedagogy can be a vital factor in career success. We are committed to placing our students on a firm career path through study abroad programs, fellowships, internships and other career-enhancing possibilities. Students with high proficiencies in languages, experience studying abroad and expertise in a second field have promising employment opportunities. Some recent graduates have worked for European companies with North American branches, with airlines, and as bilingual customer service representatives and international account auditors.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

We offer a variety of options for those wishing to major in German. Those interested in education may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Teaching of German. Business, cultural and literary studies constitute excellent companions to a range of majors. A minor in German is also available. 

Designed as a traditional study of German, our major provides students with a balanced knowledge of German language, literature, and civilization. Minimum of 27 credit hours of German courses (beyond the 200-level), including FLNG 250: Introduction to World Languages, GERM 313, GERM 314, GERM 340 – Introduction to German Literature, GERM 345 – Advanced Composition and Conversation, GERM 481 – German Culture, one advanced German literature course beyond GERM 340, and two elective German courses at the 300/ 400 level.

The ESL minor offers students a “background in teaching” English as a Second Language through an introduction to linguistics, an introduction to theories of second language acquisition, and knowledge of how to teach effectively at all age levels. This minor does not include a student teaching requirement, but rather a practicum.

Second Majors or Second Degrees with German

To enhance their education and increase their chances for future employment, many students pursue double majors. There virtually is no limit on subjects you can combine with German: another foreign language, history, political science, a business degree, and international studies. If you combine two subjects within the College of Letters and Science (COLS) for a double major, such as German and History, the total number of hours required for graduation will be the same as for a single major (120 hours minimum). A double major normally will not prolong studies beyond the customary four years. If you combine a major in German with a major in another college, for example, German with Wildlife Ecology in the College of Natural Resources, or German and Music, which is in the College of Fine Arts, the number of hours required for graduation is also 120 hours. Although there will be some overlap between both degrees, you have to fulfill both sets of degree requirements. This double degree program is likely to prolong your studies by a semester or even a year. Consult with your advisors for more details.

GET INVOLVED

The UW-Stevens Point German Club is active and holds a weekly Stammtisch in which you can hone your language skills in an informal setting.

More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

MEET YOUR FACULTY

Thomas Leek

  • Associate Professor of German
715-346-2334

Tobias Barske

  • Assistant Dean, School of Humanities and Global Studies
  • Professor of German Applied Linguistics
715-346-4406

Dan Breining

  • Professor, World Languages & Literatures
715-346-2334