The certificate in German offers students the opportunity to develop proficiency in German, thereby complementing major(s) in other subjects across the university. It also strengthens the profiles of students who intend to pursue careers or graduate study in areas where knowledge of German is useful. The certificate in German is open to all undergraduate students, including Special students who may already have completed majors and earned degrees.
GERMAN Certificate Requirements
15 credits as follows
|Advanced GERMAN (2 courses)||6|
|Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts|
|Literatur des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts|
|Advanced Composition & Conversation|
|Business German Internship Seminar|
|Introduction to German Linguistics|
|Topics in German Linguistics|
|Topics in German Literature|
|Study Abroad in German Literature|
|Study Abroad in German Culture|
|Study Abroad in German Linguistics|
|Topics in German Culture|
|Honors Seminar in German Literature|
|Kultur des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts|
|German-Jewish Culture Since the 18th Century|
|Topics in German Studies|
|Introduction to German Literature and Culture I|
|Introduction to German Literature and Culture II|
|Composition and Conversation I|
|Composition and Conversation II|
|Intermediate German - Speaking and Listening|
|Any Advanced GERMAN course from above|
Residence and Quality of Work
8 credits in residence
A 2.000 cumulative GPA in all courses eligible for the certificate is required
Pass/fail courses may not apply to the certificate.
Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates
This certificate may be completed within the context of an undergraduate degree or as a Special student after an undergraduate degree has been awarded from any institution. The certificate may be completed in its entirety while enrolled as a Special student. Candidates are encouraged to contact the certificate coordinator to discuss course enrollment and the sequencing of certificate requirements.
1. to promote German proficiency in all major skill areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
2. to foster a deeper understanding of the cultures of the German-speaking world through courses taught in German.
Advising and Careers
For advising questions related to the certificate in German, contact the German program undergraduate advisor:
Mark L. Louden, Undergraduate German Advisor
802 Van Hise
For questions regarding placement in German language courses, contact the German language program coordinator and placement advisor:
Jeanne M. Schueller, German Language Program Coordinator and Placement Advisor
806 Van Hise
For other undergraduate concerns, please contact our undergraduate coordinator:
Bridget Sutton, Undergraduate Coordinator
1306 Van Hise
For advising on careers related to German, Dutch, and other languages, refer to:
Languages at UW–Madison
L&S career resources
SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers).
SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career.
- Set up a career advising appointment
- INTER-LS 210 L&S Career Development: Taking Initiative (1 credit, targeted to first- and second-year students)—for more information, see Inter-LS 210: Career Development, Taking Initiative
- Learn how we’re transforming career preparation: L&S Career Initiative
Professors Hans Adler, Monika Chavez, Sabine Gross, Rob Howell, Mark Louden, B. Venkat Mani, Pamela Potter, Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor
Associate Professors Salvatore Calomino, Sonja Klocke, Sabine Moedersheim
Assistant Professors Hannah V. Eldridge, Philip Hollander, Weijia Li, Sunny Yudkoff
Faculty Associate Jeanne Schueller