Studying German at UCO

The German program of the Department of Modern Languages offers general introductions to the German language and culture, as well as advanced study for the training of teachers, scholars, and other professionals. The Program also serves as a catalyst for the creation of community events and activities to promote cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary understanding, communication, and analysis. 

Why Study German?

Studying German at UCO provides undergraduate students insight into some of the oldest and richest cultural traditions in Europe.

Learning how to speak German also gives students a firm grasp on leading European economies.

Spoken in the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, German is the most frequently used language in business and tourism after English. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, German has also become the most important foreign language in Eastern Europe. The curriculum in German is designed to provide students with a wide range of courses that will prepare them for careers in a variety of fields.

Students have the opportunity to develop their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in German in a series of language, culture, literature and film courses.

The University of Central Oklahoma German majors have pursued careers in international business and politics, literature, journalism, art, education, law, history, medicine, the sciences, music and film.

Course Offerings

Elementary and Intermediate levels are offered each fall and spring semester with both day and evening sections. Elementary level classes are additionally offered in the summer.

In addition to the yearly upper-division course rotation, other 2000-4000 level German electives are offered as departmental resources allow.

German study tours may be taken for German credit. The number of credit hours varies depending on the individual tour. Partial scholarships are available for study tours and study abroad. Most 4000 level classes and some 3000 level classes may also be taken at the graduate level. Please contact the Modern Languages Department if you need a 5000 level class that is not already listed in the class schedule.

Services for Students of German

  • Academic Advising
  • AP Credit
  • CLEP Exams' Availability
  • Tutoring (individual/group)
  • Conversation Tables
  • German Club
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Study Tours and Study Abroad

German Major Requirements

Total hours: 39-55
Elementary German 0-8 Hours
GERM 1114 Elementary German I
GERM 1224 Elementary German II
A maximum of eight hours of credit for Elementary German may be earned by examination. Alternatively, one (1) year of high school German may be substituted for German 1114 and one (1) more year of high school German for 1224. The Departmental Placement Test, when available, may allow the student to place into a section of GERM 2223.
Elementary additional language 0-8 Hours
The same testing or placement conditions apply here as for Elementary German.
Intermediate German 6 Hours
GERM 2113 Intermediate German I
GERM 2223 Intermediate German II
Advanced German 33 Hours
required courses 24 Hours
GERM 3223 Introduction to German Literary Analysis
GERM 3103 Early German Culture and Civilization
GERM 3113 Modern German Culture and Civilization
GERM 4123 Survey of German Literature to 1800
GERM 4133 Survey of German Literature 1800 to the Present
GERM 4113 Advanced German Grammar
GERM 4910 Seminar in German (3 hours)
German electives (3000/4000 level courses)
(may include 3 hours of a 2000-level elective)
9 Hours
Participation in foreign study is strongly recommended for all German majors and minors
Electives to bring total to 124 Hours