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 University Special students who may already have completed majors and earned degrees.

To declare the Certificate in German, contact the undergraduate advisor for the program.

Students declared in the German major are not eligible to declare the Certificate in German.

Requirements for the Certificate

15 credits, which must include at least two courses in Advanced German.
Advanced GERMAN (2 courses required)6
Literatur des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts
Advanced Composition & Conversation
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
Additional GERMAN, from any course listed above, or:9
Intermediate German - Speaking and Listening
Intermediate German-Reading
Intermediate German-Writing
Intermediate Intensive (Honors) German: Language, Culture, Texts
Total Credits15

Residence and Quality of Work

  • Minimum 2.000 GPA on all courses eligible for the certificate
  • At least 8 certificate credits must be completed in residence

Pass/fail courses do 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 GNS+ Undergraduate Advisor: 

Joanna Schuth, Undergraduate Advisor
836 Van Hise
Make an appointment through Starfish

Language placement tests are advised for any student with previous knowledge or experience with German. The test is proctored through the University Placement Test program; more information is available here: 

If you have questions about your placement test score, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor or the Placement Advisor: 

Jeanne M. Schueller, German Language Program Coordinator and Placement Advisor
806 Van Hise

For advising on careers related to German, Dutch, and other languages, refer to:
Languages at UW–Madison
Language Institute

L&S career resources

Every L&S major opens a world of possibilities.  SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students turn the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and other coursework into fulfilling lives after graduation, whether that means jobs, public service, graduate school or other career pursuits.

In addition to providing basic support like resume reviews and interview practice, SuccessWorks offers ways to explore interests and build career skills from their very first semester/term at UW all the way through graduation and beyond.

Students can explore careers in one-on-one advising, try out different career paths, complete internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and connect with supportive alumni and even employers in the fields that inspire them.



Monika Chavez, Sabine Gross, Mark Louden, B. Venkat Mani, Pamela Potter, Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor

Associate Professors

Salvatore Calomino, Sonja Klocke, Sabine Möedersheim

Assistant Professors

Hannah V. Eldridge, Weijia Li, Katerina Somers, Adam Stern, Sunny Yudkoff

Faculty Associate

Julie Larson-Guenette, Jeanne Schueller


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