Take your career opportunities to the next level with a bachelor's degree in German from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Rooted in experiential learning and travel, our growing German major provides countless ways for you to enhance your language skills and cultural competency. Enroll in a cultural immersion program, join Der Deutsche Verein or participate in an international internship. You also may choose to take your education a step further by studying abroad in a country where German is spoken. Whether it's a semester in Marburg, Germany, or a year in Hessen, Germany, you'll have the incredible opportunity to learn and experience German culture firsthand.
Courses throughout the major will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of German history, culture and language — with classes covering topics ranging from Western civilization in 1660 to the Holocaust to Germany today. This rigorous curriculum, combined with real-world experience and strong language and communication skills, allows our German graduates to quickly find employment upon graduation.
Recognized nationally for the quality of its teachers and curriculum, our German program is known for helping students grow, achieve and succeed. Here, our talented professors make it a priority to create an impactful learning environment where you come first. Faculty have a multitude of experience in the subjects they teach and go out of their way to help you find a career path you love.
Explorative, skill-building curriculum. Our German major offers a variety of fascinating classes and electives. Learn about Renaissance art, continental European politics or the Holocaust. Coursework and related projects will prepare you for in-depth travel experiences and help you to develop empathy through insights into other cultures. Our graduates leave ready to stand out in the job market and continue their lifelong journey of learning and speaking German.
Collaborative research opportunities. Opportunities for students to conduct undergraduate research alongside their professors are available to all language majors and is highly encouraged. The languages department averages 10 faculty-student research grants per year, with students regularly collaborating with faculty in linguistics, international literature, culture, history and politics. Recent research has included analyzing the impact of ethnic diversity within businesses in two Wisconsin cities and studying the German perspectives of the Civil War draft riot in Port Washington.
Career preparation. Many language majors choose to intern — often internationally — during their time at UWEC. Internships are a great way to build your resume and focus your career path. They also can help you get your foot in the door at places you might want to work. Our Advising, Retention and Career Center will not only help you find a promising internship, they'll review your resume and portfolio and help you prepare for interviews.
State-of-the-art technology. Outside-the-classroom learning opportunities at UWEC are endless. For example, our language lab and the Roma Hoff Instructional Resource Center are filled with sound and video programs, films, games and computer software to help you apply what you've learned in class.
German program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major requires a minor or certificate.
- This program is also available as a minor and certificate.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Der Deutsche Verein (German Club)
Knowing multiple languages is highly valued by employers in a variety of industries and fields, making this degree a versatile one. Our grads go on to pursue careers in government, work in corporate communications, teach in other countries and travel across the globe. No matter what your future career aspirations are, majoring or minoring in another language opens doors.
- Travel counselor
- Bilingual sales support
- Museum curator
- Travel writer/reporter
- Bilingual educator
- Flight attendant
- Government official
I chose UW-Eau Claire for its reputation around the state of having a strong German language program. The program is known for its excellent professors and for its various opportunities for students — from study abroad to collaborative research. I had high expectations for the German program at UW-Eau Claire and it exceeded every single one.
Curriculum within our German program will help you master speaking, writing and communicating in German. A wide range of electives allow you to personalize your studies and explore the topics that most interest you. Instruction emphasizes practical usage of the German language combined with a solid liberal arts education and an emphasis on cross-cultural understanding of others.
Students may choose to pair the degree with a major or minor in business, communication, management or marketing for even more career possibilities.
What classes do German majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Environmental and linguistic diversity
- Culture and civilization
- Professional communication
- Literature, history, culture
- Politics of continental European philosophy
- Second language acquisition theory
Learn more about the German major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the German minor in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the German proficiency certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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