The certificate demonstrates proficiency in German above the level of the German minor. It prepares students for international careers, internationally recognized proficiency exams (Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache and Zertifikat Deutsch fur den Beruf) and internship programs in German-speaking countries.

There are two tracks for the German Certificate: one in the liberal arts and one for professional purposes. In both tracks, students must earn 18 credits in German beyond German 0002. Nine credits may be transferred from study abroad programs in German-speaking countries to count toward the 18 total credits.

Students should declare the certificate after completing GER 0004 by going to 252 Thackeray Hall and filling out an Undergraduate Academic Program Change form. Students must apply for the certificate through Arts and Sciences at the time they apply for graduation. Non-A&S students must also apply through Arts and Sciences for the certificate, and must abide by A&S graduation application deadlines.

Required Courses

The following courses apply to the certificate and should be taken in sequence as listed (* = courses normally offered in the fall term; ** = Students must pass GER 0004 with a minimum grade of “B-” before taking any course on the German 1000-level):

German for the Liberal Arts

  • GER 0003 Intermediate German 1*
  • GER 0004 Intermediate German 2**
  • Two (2) 1000-level courses (students cannot take both GER 1001 and GER 1003)
  • One (1) 1100-level course
  • One (1) 1200-1400-level course

German for Professional Purposes:

  • GER 0003 Intermediate German 1*
  • GER 0004 Intermediate German 2**
  • GER 1003 German for Professional Purposes I*
  • GER 1004 German for Professional Purposes II**
  • Two (2) further courses at the 1000- to 1100-level (except GER 1001, 1003, 1004, 1103)

Grade Requirements

A minimum QPA of 2.0 is required in each course that counts toward the certificate.

Satisfactory/Audit Option

No course that counts toward the certificate can be taken on an S/NC basis unless the student receives special permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

For further information about the certificate during the summer months, email Professor Randall Halle, department chair, at rhalle@pitt.edu.