The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University offers majors and minors in German.

Language majors must satisfy WMU's baccalaureate-level writing requirement by successfully completing World Literature in English Translation (LANG 3750) or East and West Literary Relations (LANG 4040).

Requirements for the major or minor may change with each new WMU undergraduate catalog. No student may graduate under a catalog that is more than 10 years old.

Only courses in which a grade of C or better is obtained will be counted toward a German major or minor.


We invite you to make an appointment with an advisor of German if you have any questions about your German studies. As a major or minor, you are encouraged to meet each semester with your advisor of German as well as your curriculum advisor, typically in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Education and Human Development.


Fall 2019 tutoring information - Coming soon.


Follow the placement guidelines to determine an appropriate course for your language studies.


German courses

English-Language courses about German language and culture:

Student Success Resources

Student Success Services aims to help you attain continued success throughout your academic career. Multiple resources are available on campus to support you in this pursuit.

German study hints

How to type German language characters.

Study abroad

The department offers a study abroad program for German studies. If you desire to earn German credits through participation in a study abroad program contact an advisor of German. A program must be approved before it is undertaken.