College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Programs


(Major is suspended at present.)

Hours required for minor: 18

Advising: One designated faculty adviser; phone 216-687-4645

Additional information: Foreign field-study trips to Germany are offered on an irregular basis during summers as the need arises. For more information, please contact the CISP Office.

A student minoring in German may find career opportunities in Foreign Service, industry, or communications. Language study involves mastery both of performance skills (speaking, reading, writing, and understanding) and of a subject matter. The subject matter may be the language itself (philology, linguistics), literature, culture, or pedagogy.

A student who has completed German course work in high school or at another institution who wishes to continue the study of that language must begin course work for credit at the level consistent with his or her academic background. Students who have had three or more years of previous study must consult with an adviser in the foreign language department to determine the appropriate level. As a general guideline, students who read and write German fluently must begin course work for credit at the 300-level or higher. Students considering a minor in German must consult with an adviser in the Department of Modern Languages concerning projected plans of study.

Courses numbered from 100 to 114 in German generally emphasize development of performance skills, as do those at higher levels, in courses numbered 200 to 214, 300 to 314, and 400 to 414. Courses numbered 115 to 134 (and corresponding numbers at the upper levels) generally emphasize the nature of language. Courses numbered 135 to 164 (and corresponding numbers at the upper levels) generally emphasize the culture and history of specific languages. Courses numbered 165 to 189 (and corresponding numbers at the upper levels) generally emphasize the literatures of the specific languages. Courses numbered 190 – 199 (and corresponding numbers at the upper levels) are independent and specialized courses.

Retroactive Credit

Students are eligible to earn up to 14 retroactive credits for previous knowledge of German. This policy is for students who have completed a foreign-language skills course and who earned a B or better in that course. For example, if your first German skills course is GER 102 and you receive an A or B, you can receive credit for GER 101. Consult the Department of Modern Languages 216-687-4645 for further information.

Credit by Examination

Students who successfully pass the College Level Placement Examination (CLEP test) in German may earn 14 credit hours for previous knowledge of German. For information about the examination, eligibility, and dates when it is given, contact the Cleveland State Testing Center 216-687-2277. Students who receive a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement German language examination may earn 18 credit hours for GER (101, 102, 201, and 202).

Note that only courses at the 200-level or above may count toward the German minor. See requirements below.

Contact the department office 216-687-4645 for information about credit for course work.

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German Minor

A minor in German consists of 18 credit hours beyond the 100-level, of which 8 credit hours must be at the 300 and/or 400 level. Transfer students must complete 9 hours of the 18 required for the minor in residence at Cleveland State University. Students seeking a minor in German must have a departmental adviser to assist in the selection of the courses. No grade below C in a minor course may count toward the minor.

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Study Abroad

For further information regarding the possibility of foreign study and summer programs available through the Department of Modern Languages, contact the department office, 216-687-4645. Please also see above under "Additional Information."

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Teacher Licensure

For information, contact the Department of Modern Languages at 216-687-4645.

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