As an active participant in our growing German program, you will develop the linguistic and cultural skills necessary to compete in today’s global job market. In challenging courses designed to promote cultural understanding and critical thinking, you will develop your German reading, speaking, and writing skills while getting to know the diverse cultures that speak German today. 

In addition to the foundational language courses, we offer seminar-style classes on a variety of topics, ranging from film to children’s literature to sports, each emphasizing different aspects of culture and history.

By choosing UMSL, you will benefit from faculty who are dedicated to creating a challenging and supportive learning environment.  You will engage with German language and culture in the classroom, out of the classroom through events like Kaffeestunde at the German Culture Center, as well as activities organized by the German Student Organization. You will feel inspired to participate in a variety of study abroad opportunities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, some of which are supported with stipends.  Come join a vibrant community of learners who share a passion for language study!

German can connect you to your past, your present, and your future. More than 46 million Americans are of German descent, and many German-American families live in St. Louis. Today, over 20 German companies including, Siemens, Bosch, and Thyssen- Krupp, have branches right here in St. Louis, more than 750 American companies do business in Germany, and the country’s economy is the third largest in the world. Its strong ties to the US and its rapidly growing population have made Germany a strong leader in the European Union and in the world. In short, Germany is a powerhouse in academics and the global economy. Knowing its language and culture will give you the tools to succeed in any career you choose. For students wishing to continue their studies, knowing German can open the door to the German system of higher education, which offers international degrees and is (for all practical purposes) tuition-free.