University of Wisconsin–Madison

German

Why Study German?

Knowledge of German provides access to a culture that for more than a millennium has been central to the history, economy, arts, and sciences not just of Europe but of Western civilization as a whole. In the contemporary world, German-speaking countries have Europe’s strongest economies and are playing an increasingly important role in world affairs. Because the percentage of Wisconsinites of German ethnic background surpasses that of every other state in the union, many of our students are motivated to study German by their desire to explore their own family’s heritage. UW–Madison has been a leader in the field of German studies for more than a century.

Our extensive undergraduate offerings include courses in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the German-speaking countries, with beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses offered every semester. Furthermore, in coordination with the UW-Madison International Academic Programs, the program supports study abroad opportunities for majors and non-majors alike. Undergraduate majors and non-majors, as well as prospective majors, should take a look at the Undergraduate Program. Information about placement can be found here.

For more information on Major and Certificate requirements, please contact our Undergrad Coordinator.

Recommended Online Resources for German Learners

Online German Dictionary: http://www.linguee.com/ (Trust us, it’s better than LEO!).
Grammar resource, including verb conjugations, information on cases and endings, and definitions: http://canoo.net/
News from Deutsche Welle read at a slower speed to enhance listening skills: http://dwlangsam.radio.net/
UW – Madsion Library German research guide: http://researchguides.library.wisc.edu/german
UW Digital Library German Studies Collection: https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/German/