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German Studies

We live in an increasingly globalized world and companies are constantly expanding overseas and dealing with clients from all over the world. Between two candidates with the exact same skill set and experience, the person who is bilingual is much more likely to get the job.

German is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world, the first language of about 95 million people. It has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union and is a lingua franca of Central and Eastern Europe.

A German Studies minor will not require a lot more time or expenses than you are already investing. But it will give you a competitive edge in a tight job market. It will broaden your horizon and provide you with a unique insight into the way of life, the hopes and dreams of the millions of people who speak German as their first language. There is a positive correlation between language learning and cognitive development. Students who have taken foreign languages perform better in other subjects and score higher on standardized tests. Learning a foreign language is an incredibly rewarding experience and confidence booster.

The German-speaking countries award a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In addition, a wide range of exchange programs in the German-speaking countries is available to UMass Boston students.

German studies minors at UMass Boston must be proficient in the German language, typically demonstrated by satisfactory completion of the second year (German 202). In addition, the German Studies minor requires four electives.

If you have questions about the German studies minor, learning German, or studying in the German-speaking countries, please contact the German Studies program director, Katharina Loew, at Katharina.Loew@umb.edu.

Requirements for the German Studies Minor (GRMSTY):

  1. Intermediate language proficiency in German (German 202 or equivalent)
  2. Four additional courses:
    1. One course may be at the 200-level
    2. At least three courses must be at the 300/400-level

The following courses may be counted toward the German minor:

In addition, at most two of the following courses may be counted toward the German minor:

No courses may be taken Pass/Fail.
The minimum GPA required for graduation from the minor is 2.0.
The maximum number of transfer courses that can be counted toward the minor is 3.

Please contact the German Studies program director, Katharina Loew, at Katharina.Loew@umb.edu with any questions or concerns.

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