German Program Information

Why Learn German?

  • More than 1,100 companies from German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S. There are over 200 German-based firms in Michigan alone.
  • 18% of books worldwide are written in German.
  • Among many academic programs requiring or recommending German are: anatomy, art, history, biochemistry, biology, biomedical physics, botany, chemistry, design, engineering, film studies, genetics, linguistics, logic and methodology of science, molecular biology, music near eastern studies, philosophy, physical science, physics, physiology, religious studies and zoology.
  • German is a key language in the European Union and in the rapidly growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • German companies in the U.S. pay the German-speaking employees premium salaries.
  • Many people don't realize that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe (as a native language in seven countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium)

For more information, download the Why Learn German? [PDF].

Undergraduate Programs 

The Undergraduate catalog gives a detailed description of the programs and courses offered by our department. Browse the online undergraduate catalog.

The following undergraduate programs are offered in the Department of World Languages.



German Language for International Careers (LIC)

The Language for International Career (LIC) degree program includes three semesters of in depth training in business German and international and cultural courses. You can choose any minor, however, we advise a minor in international business, international affairs, political science, economics or any business minor offered in College of Business (COB).

Professor Margrit Zinggeler assists LIC students with finding internships and employment with German companies in Michigan and abroad. She organizes visits to German companies each semester. In recent years, Professor Zinggeler has built strong ties with a Daimler company, Detroit-Diesel and German Machine Tools of America, as well as with the German-American Chamber of Commerce, MI-Chapter.

Graduate Programs 

Graduate Degrees

Graduate Certificate