Majors, minors & more
College of Arts and Sciences
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The study of German not only provides a comprehensive and practical understanding of using the German language, but also develops intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and appreciation of the humanistic context of international cultures.
- Strengths of the program
- The German minor is an excellent complement to other disciplines, including business, communications, management and information systems, engineering, history, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.
- The Language Learning Resource Center provides the latest in language learning technology, such as access to almost 40 computers, two HD TVs with VCR and Blu-Ray DVD players and the ability to check out other equipment. The Language Learning Resource Center also has fully trained staff on hand to provide assistance as needed. Students can find the center in Thompson Hall room 210.
- The school offers four different faculty-led study abroad programs for spring and summer. Students can choose to study abroad during spring break in Guatemala, or study abroad in the summer in Paris, Berlin, or Berlin/Austria. To learn more about these faculty-led study abroad experiences, visit the school's website.
- Study abroad provides students a wide range of opportunities for adventuring, learning, and engaging with the foreign language and culture. Students can earn course credit while studying abroad in another country. Visit the Office of International Programs Study Abroad Programs for more information.
- Scholarships are offered annually to new and ongoing students, and for study abroad. Visit the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race scholarship page.
- The German Club provides opportunities to meet students with common interests, practice language skills, and learn about German culture.
- German minor requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 17 credits of German area courses. Students will take 8 credits in the target language (German 203 and 204). The other 9 credits must be taken while at residence at WSU. Three of these credits must be at the 300-400 level. Students must complete an exit proficiency examination interview during the semester when they complete their final language course of the minor.
Some of the courses you can take:
- German Film (taught in English)
- Elementary Conversation
- Germanic Culture
- Introduction to German Literature
- German for the Professions
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Additional major – German for the professions
Students who are certified in a major may seek an additional major in German for the Professions. This additional major does not lead to a degree. The additional major requires 39 credits.
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
For all students
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the WSU general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
More about WSU scholarships and financial aid.
For students in the German minor
The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad. Visit the school’s scholarship page for more information.
Students in the major may also apply for more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Visit the CAS website for more scholarship information.
A minor in the German language can advance your career in:
- Public relations, marketing, and advertising
- International business, banking, and finance
- Travel, tourism, and hospitality
- Health and social services
- Science, engineering, and technology
- Music, film, drama, entertainment, photography
- Journalism, publishing, and editing
- Translation and interpretation in healthcare and legal services professions
- Education/teaching in middle school, high school, and college
- Customer service and personnel management
- Customs and immigration
- Law enforcement
- Intelligence (CIA, FBI, National Security)
- Peace Corps and aid agencies
Skills you can market with a degree in foreign languages and cultures:
- Proficiency in a language other than English
- Cross-cultural communication
- Awareness of cultural differences and sensitivity to cultural issues
- Global experience
- Ability to adjust to new environments
- Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds
- Enhanced speaking and writing abilities
- Enhanced reading and listening comprehension skills
- Independent, critical, and creative thinking with increased analytical and problem-solving skills