Undergraduate Certificate in German 

Learn to understand, speak, read and write in German with the Undergraduate Certificate in German in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Deepen your language and communication competencies through the study of German art, history, literature and media, as well as current business issues in German-speaking countries. 

The 20-credit German Certificate (Undergraduate) provides students the experience and interpersonal skills required to engage in complex, cross-cultural situations. Required coursework emphasizes aural, pronunciation and oral drills, as well as grammar. The program is tailored to help students achieve their learning goals, whether they want to engage in business with German partners, work in government agencies or in media, or pursue relevant graduate studies.

Classes & Curriculum

You have four years to satisfy the requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate in German, which is awarded at the completion of your bachelor’s program. It cannot be awarded as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of your bachelor’s degree. 

The 20-credit German Certificate (Undergraduate) curriculum comprises core courses and one elective course. Core courses include the following. 

  • Introduction to German I, II and III
  • Intermediate
  • German for Business I

Learn more about German Certificate (Undergraduate) program requirements.

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Speaking more than one language can set you apart in today’s global job market. It may increase your marketability and opportunities for career advancement and promotion. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, acquisition of a second language may help improve standardized test scores, and it may improve memory and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, studying a language and its culture can help you develop empathy and global thinking. It can broaden your perspective and help you cultivate a greater understanding of people and, in turn, the world. The critical skills gained from learning a foreign language are directly applicable to today’s rapidly diversifying world and can be used across all fields and disciplines.

Students in the Undergraduate Certificate in German program are prepared to work in the following professional areas.

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government service
  • Healthcare
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Military
  • Nonprofits
  • Public relations
  • Translation
  • Travel and tourism
  • Sciences

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.