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Value of a Minor

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with a minor? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing an undergraduate minor, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.
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Why Pursue a Minor in German

Adding a minor in German is a great way to enhance your degree to fit your professional goals or to pursue your dream of learning a new language. With one of the largest economies in the world, a proficiency in German offers a competitive advantage in business, science, and technology.

Students will become adept in all four language skills – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This minor also explores the rich history, literature, and art of Germany. Outside of the classroom, students can improve their conversational skills with fellow peers in faculty-led conversation hours and UTSA’s German Club! Students can also immerse themselves in German culture with the Summer Language and Culture Program, a 30-day department-led study abroad experience.

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What You'll Study

The Minor in German welcomes students of all skill levels, ranging from beginners to heritage speakers, but some prior exposure to the language is recommended. This program is open to all majors and some courses for this minor can be applied towards your degree, especially programs within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Students will complete coursework in Intermediate and Advanced German Language, and three additional German-related courses, two of which must be taken at the upper-division level. Take a look at what these courses could look like with the roadmap to your minor below.

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Adding a Minor

Though not required, declaring a minor is an excellent way to enhance your major area of study. A minor typically consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours), and may have additional requirements depending on the minor selected. After being admitted to UTSA and registered for classes, students can meet with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the addition of a minor to their degree plan.

Please note, students can add a minor as long as they have earned less than 75 credit hours. However, the addition of a minor may or may not delay graduation. All requirements for the minor must be met at graduation; a minor cannot be added to a student’s degree program once they graduate. Students should meet with their assigned academic advisor to understand the impacts of adding a minor to their degree plan.

This program requires the following prerequisites or equivalent:

  • GER 1014 Elementary German I
  • GER 1024 Elementary German II

Roadmap to Your Minor in German

Here’s a sample of what your journey could look like! For further details, view the Undergraduate Catalog.
Year 1 Courses
Fall GER 1014 Elementary German I
Spring GER 1024 Elementary German II
Year 2 Courses
Fall GER 2013 Intermediate German I
Spring GER 2023 Intermediate German II
Year 3 Courses
Fall/Spring GER 3023 Advanced German (or sub Culture)
Fall/Spring CSH/GER 4000 Culture Classes
Recommended Dresden: Summer Abroad!
Year 4 (if needed) Courses
Fall/Spring CSH/GER 4000 Culture Classes
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Program Advisor

Devon Donohue-Bergeler, PhD