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Bachelor of Science in German


What will I learn?

Program Overview

Acquire skills in the German language and encounter the diversity of German culture. Connect German with other fields, such as music, philosophy, science, and the world of business. Immerse yourself in German through extensive study abroad opportunities, including our Federation scholarship that funds a full year abroad.

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Germany is a global powerhouse in science, technology, business, the arts and beyond. With more than 100 million native speakers worldwide, German is one of the 10 most spoken languages in the world and the second most commonly used in scientific research. Germans represent the largest ancestry group in the US; 1 in 6 Americans claims German heritage.

A major or minor in German gives you the skills to join the global conversation. In the classroom, you’ll gain a strong foundation in the language and culture of Germany. Beyond the classroom, in addition to extracurricular activities like Stammtisch Conversation Hour, you can immerse yourself in German culture and history by studying abroad in Berlin, Lüneburg or another German city for a summer, a semester or an entire year.

Your degree will give you an advantage when it comes to the job market. Germany is the largest foreign employer in Michigan, including companies like Volkswagen, Daimler, Bosch, Bayer Agriculture, and Siemens. Germany is the 4th largest investor and employer in the US economy and the US’s 5th largest trading partner. A German major is excellent preparation for careers in teaching, research, marketing, business, social work and more.

Program Highlights

As a German student at CMU, you’ll:

Receive personalized instruction and individual mentorship from dedicated German faculty.

Immerse yourself further in German language and culture by studying abroad in Berlin, Lüneburg, Bochum or another city, including the option for a full-ride, year-long scholarship to study in Germany at one of 22 Federation universities.

Get involved in German extracurriculars, such as Stammtisch Conversation Hour, the German Christmas Songfest, and excursions like visiting the Holocaust Memorial.

Have the opportunity to win scholarships for both on-campus and international study .

Prepare for an exciting career with international scope.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$19,200.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $19,200 Per Year; Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $20,400 Per Year
Application deadline

Expected May 2024

Start date

28 August 2023


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

  • Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

English Language Requirements:

  • (TOEFL): A score of 500 PBT/61 IBT is required for admission with stipulations or 550 PBT/79 IBT for regular admission.
  • (IELTS): A score of 5.5 required for admission with stipulations or 6.5 for regular admission.
  • Pearson Test of English: A score of 44 for admission with stipulations or 53 for regular admission.
  • Michigan English Test (MET): A score of 52 is required for regular admission.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): A grade of 5 in English at the Higher Level is required for regular admission.
  • Advanced Placement (AP): A score of 4 on the English Language or English Literature Exams.
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or General Certificate of Education (GSE): a score of A or B on the English Language Exam.
  • SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score of 520
  • ACT English score of 21.
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112 for regular admission.
  • ELI (CMU English Language Program): Successful completion of the required CMU ELI courses with confirmation by the ELI Office.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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