Department of German
University of Wisconsin-Madison
818 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Why Study German?
• German is the language with the greatest number of native speakers in the European Union.
• German-speaking communities can be found outside of Europe, including in the United States, Canada,
Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Namibia,
South Africa, and Australia.
• In the United States, German is the fifth most spoken language at home (app. 1.4 million). In Canada, there
are 622,250 speakers of German, according to the census in 2006. In Mexico, there are large populations
of German ancestry in the cities of Mexico City, Puebla, Mazatlan, and Tapachula as well as in the states of
Chihuahua, Durango, and Zacatecas.
• German has the largest economy in Europe, and depending on the accounting method, the 3rd or 4th
largest in the world.
• German is one of the top export nations in the world, along with China, the U.S., and Japan. The main
exports from Germany include motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers, electrical machinery, chemicals,
and chemical products.
• With a share of the market reaching almost 19%, German environmental technology companies are world
market leaders. They export goods valuing $35 billion annually. Germany is also a leader in patenting: in
the field of environmental technology the European Patent Office receives more applications from Germany
than from the U.S. or Japan. 1.5 million people work in developing environmental technologies in Germany
• Knowing German creates business and employment opportunities. Two-thirds of the world’s leading
international trade fairs take place in Germany.
• Germany strongly promotes technological innovation, encouraging research and development. With 12.7%
of the world’s patent applications, it ranks 3rd in the world.
• The presence of German speakers on the Internet supersedes most others. The domain .de is second only
to .com in total registrations.
• Since German and English are close linguistic cousins, learning German is comparatively easy for English
speakers. The study of German also teaches about the history and structure of English.
Why Study German at UW-Madison?
• Position yourself for your career and life-long learning opportunities by completing a 15-credit Certificate in
• German is a great choice for a major in the College of Letters and Science and the School of Education, and
an excellent choice for a second major for students of the life sciences, business, or engineering.
• Established in 1890, ours is one of the oldest, largest, and most highly ranked German departments in the
• Learn German and learn about the cultures and literatures of German-speaking countries, or the principles
of linguistics and the study of language, in courses taught in German.
• You can also take courses taught in English about things German: Kafka, Nazi Culture, German Immigration
to the U.S., German Women Writers, Literature by Nobel Peace Prize Winners.
• Earn up to 16 retrocredits for work done in high school.
• Social events include a weekly Kaffeestunde (coffee hour), a Stammtisch (conversation table) at Memorial
Union twice a week, a German film series, a German Club (this past year with activities including films,
parties, meetings for special interest groups, an excursion to the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) in
Chicago, and a Karneval Celebration in the Memorial Union) and more! 27
Study Abroad and Campus Residential Opportunities
UW-Madison students have the opportunity to live in Stockwerk Deutsch, the German-immersion living
experience in the Lakeshore dorm, Adams Hall.
Through International Academic Programs, there are summer, semester, or full-year study abroad programs in
Freiburg and Bonn, as well as additional programs through the Schools of Business, Engineering, and CALS.
2012-2013 Courses Open to Incoming Students
GERMAN 101 First Semester German
GERMAN 102 Second Semester German
GERMAN 203 Third Semester German
GERMAN 204 Fourth Semester German
GERMAN 249 Intermediate German: Listening and Speaking
GERMAN 258 Intermediate German: Reading
GERMAN 262 Intermediate German: Writing
GERMAN 274 Introduction fo German Literature*: 6-credit Intensive Introduction to German Literature (fall only)
Special opportunity: First-Year Interest Group (FIG) with German:
Cracking the Diaries, Confronting the Holocaust
Note: GERMAN 249, 258, 262 and/or 274/284 are not sequenced: they may be taken in any order and/or
*Satisfies the Humanities breadth requirement for College of Letters and Science students. Honors students
should sign up for the course as German 284. Students may not receive credit for both German 258 and German
274 or 284.
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