Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Education
College of Education and Human Development

German plays an important role in today’s world as the native language of more than 100 million people and an international medium of commerce, science, travel and publishing. The economic performance of German-speaking countries, the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, is important to both Europe and the rest of the world. Germany is a top investor in the United States and the largest member of the European Union, which will gain global influence with its common currency, the Euro.

German contributions in music, philosophy, natural sciences, literature and the visual arts have enriched the world’s cultural life. Since the first German settlers in 1683, German-Americans from Babe Ruth to Albert Einstein have helped form our heritage. At least one in five Americans has German-speaking ancestors.

Career Opportunities

German language skills help students become more marketable. These skills apply directly to teaching, translating and related areas such as publishing, media, and travel and tourism. Combining the German language and culture with other training provides even more possibilities including government service, business and banking, communications, science and technology, music and fine arts. Education-related jobs are also available.

Graduates work as career counselors, language media specialists, translators, interpreters, congressional interns, foreign service officers and political advocates. Graduates may take positions with international businesses or law firms, while others work in European electronic and automotive product sales. Some graduates further their education by pursuing advanced degrees.


The curriculum promotes active use of German as students move from elementary to advanced levels in three main areas: language, culture and literature.

The core language sequence is Elementary Language and Culture I and II, Intermediate German I and II, Composition and Conversation I and II, Advanced Composition and Conversation, and Stylistics, Syntax and Structure of German. A reading and translation sequence enables students to apply German in specialties such as international studies, business and the sciences. A drama workshop, linguistics and business German (offered in Salzburg, Austria) improve language skills.

Culture courses explore society in German-speaking countries and their past and present contributions to art, philosophy, music, film and science, as well as German-American culture. Literature courses teach reading skills and cover important creative works.

The flexible German program meets the needs of majors and minors as well as those who simply want to learn the language. Students with high school German can place out of some courses and achieve a major or minor more quickly. Students who wish to teach German earn a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in German.

Study Abroad and Other Opportunities

The department sponsors the University’s respected Academic Year Abroad in Salzburg, Austria. The program is open to all students with four semesters of college German and carries a full year’s academic credit. A BGSU faculty member supervises, courses are taught in German and students live with Austrians in dormitories. Qualified music students may attend the Mozarteum, Salzburg’s well-known conservatory. Summer programs in Salzburg are also available.

An exchange program with a number of German universities enables two or three students a year to study with full scholarships.

Extracurricular activities include the German Club and International Film Series. German and Austrian exchange students provide opportunities to use German casually on campus. Each year the Max Kade foundation helps bring a German-speaking writer, scholar or artist to teach at BGSU.

Preparation for College

High school students who took German should participate in a placement interview at BGSU. Usually, two to three years of high school German equals one year at college and three to four years equals two. Students who want to pursue a major in German should take as much German as possible. Students with a strong background are frequently able to complete a double major.

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Teacher Education Report Card

Bowling Green State University’s 701 teacher education graduates who took the national Praxis II licensing exam in 2004-05 passed at an overall rate of 88 percent (surpassing the state requirement of 80 percent) and met or exceeded the state requirement for licensure in 13 content or teaching specialty areas.
BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for German, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: