German is the language of Goethe, Mozart, Kafka, and Bach. It is also the second most used scientific language and the marketplace language of three leaders in the business world: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A foreign language areas studies certificate in German is a step on the road to business acumen.

About the German Language Undergraduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Develop competencies and familiarity with the basic German language
  • Gain knowledge of German traditions, customs, history, and culture
  • Understand how to function appropriately and effectively in Germany

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Interview a fluent German speaker about a topic and then present a spoken presentation
  • Visit a historical German city and learn about its history, from the early origins to the present
  • Create a timeline and annotated bibliography in the class and write a sample press release on a current German topic

German Language Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • GERM 111
  • GERM 112
  • GERM 211 
    or German Area Studies course
  • GERM 212
    or German Area Studies course

Related Area Studies Courses (6 credits)

Choose from related courses in German culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics Some examples follow:

  • Any GERM course(s)
  • GERM 333
  • HIST 141
  • HIST 142
  • HIST 317A
  • HIST 317J
  • HIST 337

Overall Certificate Requirements

Common Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You must complete a total of 18 credits, including at least 9 credits with UMGC.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses. Certificate courses may not be taken as pass/fail.
  • At least half of the total credits you use for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate may be earned through credit by examination, prior-learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.