The German Certificate

The Certificate in German Studies offers students a significant level of language and cultural competence and requires at least 18 credits. 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.

Students can tailor their course selection according to their interest in German language and culture or the German Professional world.  Two tracks are available.

 

Requirements

Option I. (min. 18 credits): German for the Liberal Arts

  • Intermediate German two-course sequence (one of the following):***
    • GER 0003 and German 0004; or
    • German 201 and 202; or
    • German 203 and 204
  • 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

 

Option II. (min. 18 credits): German for Professional Purposes

  • Intermediate German two-course sequence (one of the following):***
    • GER 0003 and German 0004; or
    • German 201 and 201; or
    • German 203 and 204
  • Professional German two-course sequence
    • 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)

    * = courses normally offered in the fall term
    ** = courses normally offered in the spring term)
    *** = as the German department transitions to a new course numbering system, three intermediate course sequences will be possible.

 

Other requirements and options

  • Students must pass the highest Intermediate German course (GER 0004/Ger 204/Ger 301) with a minimum grade of “B-” before taking any course on the German 1000-level).
  • Nine credits may be transferred from study abroad programs in German-speaking countries to count toward the 18 total credits.
  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 is required in each course that counts toward the certificate.
  • 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, email Viktoria Harms, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at vih16@pitt.edu.