Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

German Studies Minor


The German Studies Minor appeals to students who are interested in gaining cultural proficiency in German beyond a language ability in order to enhance their majors in such areas as Theology, History and Global and International Studies, and their global career opportunities in international and domestic business, marketing, law, translation, government service, news services, or the publishing industry.


The German Studies Minor consists of 19 credit hours: six three-credit courses + a one-credit capstone. 

The typical sequence of courses for this minor will be four language courses (beginning at German 103), two interdisciplinary courses taught in English from various Loyola departments, and a capstone paper.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Achieve a mid-intermediate level of German language proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening according to the Proficiency Guidelines of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages;
  • Have specific knowledge of the cultural history of the German-speaking world based on the elective courses taken;
  • Expand their horizons by virtue of having studied a foreign language and culture, and will be able bring those perspectives to bear on a more critical view of their own culture.

Professional use

  • Government
  • Foreign service
  • Editing
  • International business
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Translation

Please see the German Studies webpage for more information.