German Studies Major with Business Concentration - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(All colleges excluding teacher certification programs)

57 credits

Core requirements

33 credits above GER 201 including the following:
GER 202German Language and Cultures in Action II3
GER 315Business German3
Select one of the following in literature:3
An Introduction to German Literature
Studies of German Literature
Select one of the following in civilization:3
German Civilization: 1870-Reunification
German Civilization: 1989-Present
Select two of the following in German skills development:6
Advanced German
German Conversation and Composition
German Grammar and Composition
German Conversation and Phonetics
Advanced electives: select 9 credits of electives in German at the 300/400 level. 19
German studies breadth: select two approved courses in which a significant portion of the course relates to one or more countries in the German-speaking world. These courses may be taught in English.6
German Thinkers and Popular Culture (highly recommended)
German Literature in Translation (highly recommended)
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
The Holocaust
The World War II Era
The Middle Ages
Germany: 1848-1989
European Government and Politics
Political Ideologies
European Literature in Translation
Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds and Words
Total Credits33

Excluding GER 398 and GER 399. A maximum of six credits from GER 326, GER 327 and/or GER 328.

It is highly recommended that students complete an approved work or study experience in a German-speaking country.

Business requirements (24-27 credits)

Select one of the following:3-6
Survey of Accounting
Accounting Principles I
and Accounting Principles II
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
ECO 120Global Macroeconomics3
ECO 340Introduction to International Economics3
MGT 308Organizational Behavior3
MKT 309Principles of Marketing3
MKT 341International Marketing3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Financial Management
Cross-Cultural Management
Recommended courses: 1
Introduction to Computing
Introduction to Computational Thinking
Economic Development
Multinational Financial Management
Elementary Statistics
Applied Calculus
Total Credits24-27

Recommended courses also include the course not chosen from FIN 355 and MGT 430.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literary and cultural studies emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 42 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CASSH Academic Services Office in 138 Wimberly:

A. Language track

  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Arabic II
    Chinese Language and Culture in Action II
    French Language and Cultures in Action II
    Intermediate Languages II
    German Language and Cultures in Action II
    Hmong Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Hmong Heritage Language: Advanced
    Intermediate Japanese II
    Russian Language and Cultures in Action II
    Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II
    Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions
    Non-native speakers of English: provide English proficiency evidence acceptable for admission to UWL as a degree seeking student; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253 (maximum of four credits from these courses applicable to general education). UWL does not regularly offer these courses, thus transferring in their equivalency(ies) is the likely way to earn credit English as a Second Language coursework. Native English speakers are not eligible to earn credit in ESL courses. Contact the CASSH Dean's Office for eligibility and regulations. 
  2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

B. Humanities track

  1. One global language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: communication studies, English, history, philosophy and race, gender, and sexuality studies (see the Advisement Report (AR) for a listing of the approved courses); and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

C. Fine arts track

  1. One global language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
GER 2023ECO 120 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
ECO 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3GER 301 or 403 (GER Major Literature)3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3Gen Ed Math4
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed World History3
 15 16
Year 2
ACC 2213ACC 2223
MKT 3093ECO 3403
GER 320 or 321 (GER Major Civilization)3GER 300, 311, 313, or 330 (GER Major German Skills Development)13
GER 3153Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
Gen Ed Arts2University Elective23
 14 16
Year 3
MKT 3413GER Major German Advanced Elective (300/400)3
GER 300, 311, 313, or 330 (GER Major German Skills Development)13FIN 355 or MGT 430 (Business Core)3
GER Studies Breadth (GER 398 recommended)3University Elective3
Gen Ed Health & Well Being3CASSH Core Course3
University Elective3CASSH Core Course3
 15 15
Year 4
GER Major German Advanced Elective (300/400)3GER Major German Advanced Elective (300/400)3
University Elective3MGT 3083
Gen Ed Arts2University Elective3
GER 399 (Gen Ed Humanistic Studies and GER Studies Breadth)3University Elective3
CASSH Core Course3CASSH Core Diversity Course3
 14 15
Total Credits: 120

It is highly recommended students complete an approved work or study experience in a German-speaking country. After returning, students are required to complete at least one GER course from UWL. See your German Studies Advisor for details.


Prerequisite: GER 202 German Language and Cultures in Action II (3 cr.) or equivalent, or appropriate departmental placement. If student is placed into a 300-level German Studies course, they must earn retro credit in order to satisfy General Education and the CASSH B.A. Core language requirements.


Must be taken from the Gen Ed Math/Lang/Logical Systems category if GER 202 retro credit was not earned. STAT 145 or MTH 175 are recommended.