German Program

Why study German Language and Culture?

German language and culture provides linguistic and cultural knowledge to those interested in studying German or or working in a German-speaking country.

Concentration in German Studies

To obtain a concentration in German Studies in partial fulfillment of the B.A. General Degree (i.e. one with a Double Arts Concentration and a minimum of ninety (90) credit hours), a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in German Studies is required. At most six (6) credit hours can be at the 1000 level and a minimum of  twelve (12) credit hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. Also, the minimum grade point average is 2.00.

Minor in German Studies

A minor in German Studies consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours, with at least twelve (12) of these being at the 3000 level or above. Normally, the first twelve (12) credit hour courses for the minor will be 1000 and 2000 level German language and culture courses, followed by twelve (12) credit hours with six (6) credit hours of language courses on the 3000 level and six (6) credit hours to be chosen from offerings in literature and cultural studies. Students entering the minor program with previous knowledge of German must consult the Coordinator for German Studies or the Chairperson of Languages and Cultures. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required for courses in the minor program.

Certificate in German Language and Culture (Cert. GLC)

The certificate program in German language and culture is designed to provide linguistic and cultural knowledge to persons interested in studying and/or working in a German-speaking country.  The program consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours.


Admission to the program leading to the Certificate in German Language and Culture requires a formal application for admission and the official approval of the coordinator for German Studies. Application forms are available from the Registrar. Students majoring in German at Saint Mary's University are not eligible for this program. Eighteen of the 24 credit hours must be completed at Saint Mary's.


A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00 in this certificate program is required.

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