German is the first language of approximately 100 million people in Central Europe and the official language of one of the world’s largest economies. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Germany has experienced major political and cultural changes from the adoption of a new currency to the reinvigoration of Jewish life to the move to a new capital in Berlin. Students learning German are able to follow these and other fascinating developments as they happen.

Bradley University currently offers a full spectrum of courses from introductory German to senior-level literature, business, and film seminars. Bradley’s German program emphasizes cultural studies throughout the curriculum, and students are encouraged to extend their engagement with German language and culture beyond the classroom through participation in the German Stammtisch (conversation hour) and Film Series.

Students may pursue a minor or the Global Scholars Program in German. In addition to Bradley University’s study abroad in Vienna, students may also participate in approved semester or year-long programs sponsored by other institutions.

Minor Requirements

Students can follow the foreign language minor requirements for the catalog year that they entered Bradley.  The new requirements apply only to those students whose catalog year is 2008FA or later.  If you do not know your catalog year, it appears at the top of your Academic Degree Audit.


The new requirements are:  A student must take a minimum of 18 hours at 300 level or above, with at least 9 of the hours to be taken at Bradley.  In addition, students must earn a grade of C or better in all German courses.

The old requirements are:   A student must take a total of six approved courses at the 200 level or above.