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University of Pittsburgh    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 07, 2023
 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

German Language Certificate


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The German Language certificate demonstrates proficiency in German above the level of the German minor. It prepares students for international careers, internationally recognized proficiency exams (Zertifikat Deutsch als -Fremdsprache and Zertifikat Deutsch fur den Beruf), and internship programs in German-speaking countries.

The certificate offers two tracks - one in the liberal arts and one for professional purposes. In both tracks, students must earn 18 credits in German beyond GER 0002 - ELEMENTARY GERMAN 2 . Nine credits may be transferred from study abroad programs in German-speaking countries to count toward the 18 total credits.

The courses that apply to the certificate should be taken in sequence as listed.

German for the Liberal Arts


Students in this track should take the following courses in the order indicated below.

Two 1000-level courses


Students pursuing this track will take two 1000-level courses in the Department of German. Students may take GER 1001 - GERMAN WRITING  or GER 1003 - PROFESSIONAL GERMAN  as one of these courses, but they may not take both courses to count toward the certificate.

One 1100-level course


Students pursuing this track will take any 1100-level course in the Department of German.

One1200- to 1400-level course


Students pursuing this track will take one course at the 1200-level to 1400-level in the Department of German.

German for Professional Purposes


Two 1000-level or 1100-level courses


Students pursuing this track must complete two additional courses at the 1000-level or 1100-level in the Department of German. GER 1001 , GER 1003 , GER 1004 , and GER 1103  do not fulfill this requirement.

German Certificate note


Nine credits may be transferred from study abroad programs in German-speaking countries in accordance with the credit transfer policy of the University of Pittsburgh. These credits have to be pre-approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in each course that counts toward the certificate. No course that counts toward the certificate can be taken on an S/NC basis unless the student received special permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

For more information, visit www.german.pitt.edu/undergraduate/certificate.php

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