Foreign language programs

Your language study at Northwestern will include cross-cultural opportunities around the world and outside your door as you learn about breaking through barriers. In addition to spending a semester abroad, you might accompany professors as they translate in the courtroom or hospital.

German Minor

(Satisfies state teaching endorsement requirements in German. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.)

Semester Abroad (through an approved program) 15 credits*
GER 102 - Beginning German Language and Culture
GER 201 - Intermediate German Language and Culture
GER 202 - Intermediate German Language and Culture
Total credits required: 24


*Semester abroad course work must include at least one course in advanced German grammar and/or structure; one course in advanced conversation and/or phonetics; one course in German civilization and/or literature; and if applicable, German elective credits.

  1. Those students who place beyond GER102 on the language placement exam will fulfill the 24-credit requirement through additional credits abroad and/or CLEP examinations.
  2. Upon returning from the semester abroad program, students will complete a capstone paper contrasting their own culture with that of the country in which they studied and complete an oral interview with the German professor.