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German Minor

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (GER)

The German minor is designed for students who want to study the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries in order to broaden their horizons and meet an increasing demand for people with foreign language skills and international expertise. German is one of the most important languages in Western Europe, being the mother tongue of approximately 100 million Europeans, and in the countries of Eastern Europe it is the most important foreign language of business and commerce.

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a wide array of courses in German language, literature and culture as well as in professional and business German, allowing students great independence in shaping their own academic program. Students are encouraged to take advantage of Penn State's study abroad opportunities, which include semester and year programs in Freiburg, Berlin, and Vienna plus summer and year programs in Marburg.

The German minor opens employment opportunities for its graduates in fields and professions where proficiency in one or more foreign languages is desirable or required, i.e., secondary and higher education, government, business, the media, and public relations.

All courses in the minor must be taught in German and the students must receive a grade of C or better.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


GER 301 IL(3), GER 302 IL(3) (Sem: 3-5)

GER 201 IL(4) or GER 208 IL(4) (Sem: 3-5)
Select 3 credits from GER 308 IL(3), GER 310 IL(3) and GER 344 IL(3) (Sem: 4-6)

Select 6 credits of 400-level GER courses (Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-05-119

Review Date: 02/22/2011



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