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German Studies

Undergraduate Certificate Program

Dr. Eva Kuttenberg
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
4951 College Dr.
Erie, PA 16563
Phone: 814-898-6079
Fax: 814-898-6032

German Studies (GERSC)

The 15 Credit German Studies Certificate offered at Penn State Behrend is designed for students who wish to specialize in interdisciplinary German Studies by acquiring advanced German language skills and taking courses in culture, film, history, literature, music, or politics of the German-speaking countries. In-depth knowledge of the German-speaking countries prepares students for a global workforce and careers in international business, engineering, finance, politics, or the sciences. Students must have a C or better in each certificate course.


Admission Requirements:

Students who have not reached the third level of German Language proficiency may need to take German 001 and 002 first.


List of Courses* Included in the Certificate:

Required language courses: 7-8 credit hours

GER 3            Intermediate German[1]                                                            

GER 201            Conversation and Composition                     

OR GER 301      Intermediate Speaking and Listening             


Choose 9 credit hours from a program approved list:

GER 100            German Culture and Civilization                     

GER 190            Twentieth-Century German Literature in English Translation

GER 189            German Film                                                            

GER 200            Contemporary German Culture                      

HIST 121            History of the Holocaust                               

HIST 143            History of Fascism and Nazism                     

HIST 144            The World at War: 1939-1945                         

HIST 427            Germany since 1860                                     

MUSIC 5         An Introduction to Western Music                  

PLSC 20         Comparative Politics of Western Europe         



Effective Date:  Fall Semester 2015





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