german studies department
The Business Track concentration allows students to combine a dual interest in business and German in a program of study which prepares them for an international career. Business German (GM 175) can be taken as part of a German major or minor or as an individual course. The prerequisite for Business German is four college semesters of German or the equivalent.
Business German is an outgrowth of the overall globalization of business, in particular between Germany and the United States. The thriving German economy makes Central and Eastern Europe a strong market for American products and has enabled German companies to open branches in the United States. The Business Track has been developed in conjunction with the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Business German will usually be offered in the Spring semester to enable students to spend the following summer in a one-credit paid internship program in a German-speaking country (GM 501). Students are also encouraged to spend a year or a semester at the Ingolstadt School of Management affiliated with our partner university, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, or at the WHU Vallendar—Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Students can attain a Certificate in Business German by completing 19 credits: GM 175 Business German, GM 290 Advanced Reading in German, GM 242 Germany Divided & Reunited, two additional upper-level German courses as well as GM 501 German Studies Internship, with a satisfactory report from the internship provider. These courses may count simultaneously toward the German Studies major or either of the German minors.