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Why Study German?

  • Most widely spoken language in Europe
  • Second most commonly spoken language in the sciences and engineering.
  • A fifth of the world’s books are published in German, many with no English translations.  What are you missing?
  • The German economy is the fourth largest in the world.
  • German is a common language of business, finance, technology, and commerce.
  • English is a Germanic language (French and Spanish are Romance languages) which means the vocabulary and syntax will be more familiar to English speakers.

Minor in German

Our German minor also complements any major, or even works well as a second minor! It’s 18 hours (6 courses) starting at the 2310 level and will ensure you have working proficiency and a good introduction to the cultures of places that speak German.

See the German Minor Checksheet→

Declaring A German Minor

Not yet a German minor, but want to declare one? Email Mrs. Deanne Murphey. ( She will help ensure the minor gets added and help you get connected to the right academic advisor to ensure you make degree progress!

Declare a German Now!

Study Abroad with German!

The Office of Education Abroad and Faculty Advisors in the School of Language and Literature help our language students work together to help you find the best study abroad program for your needs and interests. At UCA, you don’t need to have any language proficiency to study abroad for a summer or full semester, but studying in a place whose language you’re learning helps you gain proficiency faster and explore the culture more deeply.

At UCA, you can study abroad for a summer for an intensive language-immersion program or for a semester at the University of Konstanz in Germany with your German skills.

What Can I Do with a German Minor?

Anything and everything!

A German minor not only prepares you to speak, read, write, and understand spoken German, but it also teaches you important cultural skills valued in the 21st-century workplace. You will learn to: draw from cross-cultural sources and ideas, notice patterns and infer meaning, navigate ambiguity, distill complex information, propose persuasive ideas, and engage with people of different backgrounds.

But what does that really mean?

Our alums work in communication, technology, business, public service, social work, education, law, and health fields. Featured careers include teachers of all kinds, entrepreneurs, business owners, diplomats, psychologists, audiologists, NGO founders; those who open coffee shops and those who go on to get a PhD.

Whatever your interests, German opens career doors.

Curious to hear more?

Check out our standout SLL alums or learn more about our SLL career opportunities!

German at UCA FAQ

Take our free placement test here. You can take it from any computer–you don’t have to be on campus. Once you complete the test, we’ll reach back out to let you know which level is right for you!
Nope! You can take courses just because you’re interested!
Not at all! We do encourage our students to study abroad because it’s a good way to develop advanced proficiency and to connect with other cultures. But you’re not required to do so!
Learning a language involves practicing in real time with others. So, we typically don’t offer our Elementary and Intermediate courses online.
We typically don’t offer our Elementary and Intermediate courses in the evenings or online. You might benefit from checking out our Community Language School course offerings, which often include online or evening language courses.