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German Studies Program

German Studies prepares you to be a global citizen. Language is central to learning, communication, communities, and cultures. In interdisciplinary courses, you will study literature, film, art, music, history, politics, performance, and new media. Through our active, student-centered classes, you will develop the skills to speak, read, and write in German, while also growing your capacity for critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication skills, digital literacy, and intercultural competence. We encourage students to explore their interests through exciting combinations with second majors and minors - your major in German Studies opens unique opportunities for you in education, business, politics, STEM fields, non-governmental organizations, and the arts. UMD German Studies offers short and long-term study abroad opportunities in Potsdam/Berlin and Passau, small class sizes, committed advisors, individualized attention, and dynamic faculty.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements (major and minor)

Erolling in the Right Courses

This table provides you with suggested courses based on your language background. If you have any additional questions concerning what course you should take, please contact a German instructor for more information.

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Beginning German I

(Ger 1101, Fall Semester only)

never before studied German, or taken one year of a German language course in high school.


Beginning German II

(Ger 1102, Spring Semester only)



taken two years of recent high school German language courses.

Intermediate German I

(Ger 1201, Fall Semester only)


taken three years of high school German language courses.

Intermediate German II

(Ger 1202, Spring Semester only)


taken 4 years of high school German language courses

Advanced German

(Ger 2301, Fall Semester only)

taken 4-5 years of high school German language courses.

Culture & Literature

Students normally follow German 2301 with upper division literature and culture courses.

Credit by Exam

Students who begin their work in Ger 1202 or Ger 2301 and who earn an A or a B have the option to receive credit for the courses they have skipped, beginning with Ger 1201. To receive this credit, students will need to pay to Administration a credit-by-exam fee ($50/credit) and fill out the appropriate forms. Please ask your German Studies instructor how to do this.

Study Abroad

Whether you are looking for short-term, semester, or year-long options, our faculty work closely with you to find an option that fits your needs and goals. Two programs to highlight:

Potsdam/Berlin Join UMD faculty for a three-week May term course in Potsdam/Berlin.

Please visit the International Education website for additional information.


Scholarships are available to students through competition, for study abroad. For more information, please visit the Scholarship page.


Join students, faculty, and members of the community as we gather to speak German and get to know eachother in an informal setting at Sir Benedictís Tavern on the Lake. During the academic year, we meet every first Friday of the month, starting around 6 pm. Please contact one of the German Studies faculty members for more information.

Der deutsche Kultur-klub

With trips, cultural events, hikes, parties, and more, the German Culture Club is a student-run organizationfor all things related to German language and culture.

Please contact Kristen Hylenski ( for information on upcoming events or check out our Facebook group:

Library Resources

German Library Guide

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