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German at UWL

  • German Studies Major (27 credits in German at the 300-400 level and 6 credits of German Studies breadth courses taught in English, e.g., GER 398, GER 399, GCL 299, or other courses in related areas outside the Department of Global Cultures & Languages)
  • German Studies Major with Business Concentration (German Studies Major plus 24 credits in general and international business courses)
  • German Studies Minor (18 credits in German at the 300-400 level)
  • UWL exchange programs in Frankfurt and Oldenburg, Germany
  • The German Studies major highly recommends students complete an approved work or study abroad experience in a German-speaking country during their course of study

German program resources

UWL German Club

Our program is happy to host the German Club at UWL.



Stammtisch is a great opportunity to get together with other German speakers and enjoy an evening out while also practicing your language skills.

Stammtisch returns to the Root Note for Fall 2022 semester starting on Thursday, September 22 from 6:30-8:00pm. We hope you can join us then!


We've joined forces with one of our partner institutions in Germany, the Hochschule RheinMain, to offer students in Wiesbaden and La Crosse the chance to connect and get to know one another over Zoom.

After a brief introduction, we break into small groups and spend half the time in English and the other half in German. Students love the chance to chat informally together about movies, current events, the weather, or whatever comes up. Having fun and speaking German/English is our common goal!

Please contact Dr. Shelley Hay for meeting dates, as well as the Zoom link and passcode.

Why learn German?

  • German is the most commonly spoken native language in the European Union
  • Germany's economy is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 strongest economies
  • After China, Germany exports more goods than any other nation in the world
  • Germans are major travelers and their first travel destination overseas is the USA
  • After English, more websites are in German than any other language on the internet
  • German was one of the world's leading scientific languages in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Over 42% of Wisconsinites say they have German ancestry
  • Many colleges and universities recommend or require the study of German for students interested in anatomy, architecture, astronomy, dramatic art, film studies, genetics, history, international business, linguistics, logic and methodology of science, mathematics, music, Near Eastern studies, philosophy, physical science, physics, physiology, political science, religious studies, telecommunications, and Zoology - to name a few
  • Where would we be without Gutenberg's printing press, Einstein's theories of relativity, or Beethoven's 9th symphony? Come study German and learn more about these and other amazing historical figures!
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