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German–Education Track, BA

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About the Program

The Department of German and Russian in the School of Languages and Cultures offers undergraduate majors and minors in German and Russian, as well as courses of study and expertise leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. in German literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in German linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. It is also possible to study for the M.A. or Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a focus in German.

The Education Track prepares students to teach German in grades 5-12. Students will take courses in the School of Languages and Cultures and in the College of Education, will do student teaching in a local school, and, upon successful completion of the degree program, will receive the teaching licensure required to teach in Indiana public schools.

This program meets state and national licensure standards and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana, State Board of Education. Admission to and successful completion of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are required.

Business German at Purdue                                                                                            

The Business German Program at Purdue consists of three courses, beginning at the second-year level. Our goal is to develop students’ communicative competence in a variety of activities in the specialized field of German for Business and Economics (Wirtschaftsdeutsch). Topics covered in our courses include Germany’s major industries and companies, the German market economy, Germany’s role in international trade, marketing, the European Union and the Euro, applying for internships and jobs in Germany, and intercultural communication in German-American business encounters.

German for Science and Engineering

The German Program at Purdue offers a track German for Science and Engineering consisting of three courses, beginning at the second-year level. Our goal is to develop students’ communicative competence in a variety of activities with focus on German for Science and Engineering. Topics covered in our courses include the history of science and scientists in German, articles on scientific research in a variety of fields in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, energy sources, approaches to these sources, to ecology, recycling methods, dealing with issues of pollution, information on various auto industries, live reports by students returning from study abroad or participating in other work abroad or research abroad programs. This course will further help with writing how to apply for jobs, practicing for interviews, and to prepare oneself in a culture-specific way for a global market in a German speaking environment. It will incorporate presentations by students propelled by their own interests and involving aspects of intercultural communication as most interesting for those studying German and disciplines of Science and Engineering.

Degree in 3

The College of Liberal Arts offers the opportunity for students to complete their degree in three years. Degree in 3 majors allow students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier than traditional plans of study while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree.

Students can complete the three-year option with or without AP credit by adding summer sessions to traditional coursework in Fall and Spring semesters. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

Please visit German for more information.

Liberal Arts Curriculum

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements

Pre-requisite Language Courses

Before undertaking this major, the student must establish proficiency equivalent to German Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing GER 20200, GER 20500, GER 22300, or GER 22400, by examination, or by other evidence acceptable to the School of Languages & Cultures. If courses are taken for credit, these credits will apply to Electives.

German Major (33 credits)

A. German Language (6 credits)

Education Track (24 credits)

World Languages Teaching Concentration–Professional Education Requirements (47 credits)

All Professional Education courses, including Learner (Specialty) Pathway Concentration courses, are calculated into the Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C”).

Learner Pathway Selective Course (3 credits)

Choose one course from one of the learner pathway areas below. Students can elect to take additional coursework to complete a full concentration if they choose, but is not required. See the links for concentration requirements.

If you desire additional information regarding the Learner Pathway Concentrations, please reach out to your academic advisor or visit the Learner Specialty Concentration tab found here.

Other Departmental (12 credits)

Core III: Linguistic Diversity (0 credits)

Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives. (fulfills Humanities for core)

Foundational Requirements (12 credits)

Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes.

  • Humanities - GER 30100. (fulfills Humanities for core)
  • Behavioral/Social Science - EDCI 28500 or EDPS 23500. (fulfills Behavioral/Social Science for core)
  • Information Literacy - EDCI 27000. (fulfills Information Literacy for core)
  • Science #1 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
  • Science #2 - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science for core)
  • Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Science, Technology, Society for core)
  • Written Communication - EDCI 20500. (fulfills Written Communication for core)
  • Oral Communication - EDCI 49800. (fulfills Oral Communication for core)
  • Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted. (fulfills Quantitative Reasoning for core)


  • Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
  • All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
  • “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.

Electives (28 credits)

Grade Requirements

  • Students must have a minimum may use no grade lower than a “C” in the major.  The P/NP option is not available for for courses taken for the major.
  • All Professional Education courses, including Learner (Specialty) Pathway Concentration courses, are calculated into the Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C”).

GPA Requirements

  • All Professional Education courses, including Learner (Specialty) Pathway Concentration courses, are calculated into the Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C”).
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.67/4.0 in the courses used in the major.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • 2.0 Overall GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
  • 2.67 Content GPA, as calculated by the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure, is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
  • 2.0 Professional Education GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.

World Languages Teaching Oral Proficiency Requirement

World Languages Education students must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview test for their language prior to degree completion.

Score requirements:

  • Chinese: Intermediate-High
  • French: Advanced-Low
  • German: Advanced-Low
  • Japanese: Intermediate-High
  • Latin: Exempt
  • Spanish: Advanced-Low

Information regarding the test can be found here.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information

  • Indiana Licensure information.
  • Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside CLA. Contact the CLA advising Office for more information.

Sample 4-Year Plan

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

15 Credits

18 Credits

12 Credits

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Prerequisite Information

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

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