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 requires students to 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.


The last virtual German-English Stammtisch of the Spring 2021 semester takes place on Thursday, May 6th from 11-12pm CDT.

Students of Hochschule RheinMain, Germany and students of the University of La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, can chat informally together. We’ll greet everyone in the room and then put you into smaller groups of up to 4-6 people online. After 30 minutes we’ll switch groups and languages. Get together, talk about movies, the weather, or whatever comes up… having fun and speaking German/English is your common goal. We are looking forward to meeting you online!

Please contact Dr. Shelley Hay for the meeting 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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