Business German Minor

Department of Modern Languages and Literature

The Business German minor is an interdisciplinary program of study that combines courses in German language and culture with selected courses in business and/or economics.   The Business German minor provides the student with a basic understanding of business and economics as well as the ability to communicate about them in German in a professional context. Students also include a three-credit internship as part of their minor programs.  Approved German courses from study abroad programs may also be included among the electives of the Business German minor.

Requirements for the Business German Minor

Twenty-six credits including:
• GERM 393
• GERM 394
• GERM 313
• GERM 317 or GERM 485b or GERM 485c
• GERM 499 or BUAD 499 or ECON 499 (for at least 1 credit)

and one of the following three-course combinations:

ACCT 101, 102, and one College of Business course on the 300 level or above


ECON 201, 202, and one ECON course on the 300 level or above. Business German minors can take no more than 29 credits in Business without declaring a Business major.

View Business Administration and Economics course descriptions for the Business German Minor.

German Course Offerings

German course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of GERM in the course listing.

101, 102 – Beginning German (3, 3)

Grammar, emphasis on gaining rapid comprehension and developing fluency in spoken German. Introduction to reading German. Learning to write German. Students with credit for a higher level course in German may not take this course.

105 – Intensive Beginning German (6)

This intensive beginner’s course introduces students to the German language and emphasizes all for language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  Information on German life and culture is also incorporated into the process. After the second semester of this course students will be able to communicate on the Novice High level.  Summer only.

201, 202 – Intermediate German (3, 3)

Prerequisites: GERM 102 or equivalent for 201; GERM 201 or equivalent for 202. Grammar review, concentration on reading for comprehension. Honing of oral skills and writing German. Readings in GERM 202 focus on global issues. Students with credit for a higher level course in German may not take this course.

205 – Intensive Intermediate German (6)

Prerequisite: GERM 102, 105 or equivalent.  This intermediate course will continue to emphasize all four skills in German: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  Information on German life and culture is also incorporated into the process.  After the second semester of this intermediate course students should be able to communicate on the Intermediate Mid level.  Students who have taken GERM 201 are not eligible for this class.  Summer only.

301 – Study Abroad Reflection (1)

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent. A reflection course for students of German to complete after returning from an approved study abroad program in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.

311 – Introduction to German Literature (4)

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent. Emphasizes texts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Close attention paid to form, content, motifs, character analysis, and social and cultural background.

313 – Business German (4)

Prerequisite: GERM 393 or equivalent This course provides students with the basic communicative skills in the German language as used in German business and economics. It introduces students to the economic role of the German-speaking countries in the global economy. Topics include German economic geography, German business and economics terminology in finance, the social welfare system, transport system, the structure of corporations, and the code of behavior in the business world. Students will develop their skills in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking, and writing.

317 – German Civilization (4)

Recommendations: two German 300-level courses. Survey of the culture and civilization of the German-speaking areas, with emphasis on Germany.

385, 386 – German Literature of the Twentieth Century (4, 4)

Recommendations: two German 300-level courses. Representative authors such as Hofmannsthal, Mann, Kafka, Brecht, Böll, Frisch, Grass, Handke, Bachmann, Wolf, Arjouni.

393, 394, 395 – Advanced Grammar, Conversation, Composition (4, 4, 4)

Prerequisites: GERM 202 must be completed before starting this sequence. GERM 394 is a prerequisite for 395. Intensive written and oral language practice. Designed to expand the student’s active vocabulary and help the student develop his or her own style. Emphasis on global issues in 394 and 395.

485 – Seminar in German (4)

Prerequisites: two German 300-level courses. Selected topics in German literature, German cultural studies, or Germanic linguistics.

491, 492 – Individual Study (1-6, 1-6)

Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor.

499 – Internship (1-6)

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Supervised off-campus experience developed in consultation with the department. No credit toward major.