• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

German, BS

Bachelor of Science

What you study
US News and World Report - best bachelor's degree 2022

Germany is a powerhouse of the European Union both in terms of population and economic stability. Anyone wanting to pursue international business is at a significant advantage if they speak German. 

The IU Online Bachelor of Science in German provides a rigorous curriculum that develops your language proficiency, cultural facility, and professional competence in German. The curriculum includes quality coursework and extensive practice and application in the German language and German culture and will be of particular interest to individuals in the fields of business, science, education, the arts, and the social sciences.

How you benefit

Tailor your degree to your professional interests by choosing one of two tracks:

  • German for Science and Technical Communication (15 credit hours)
  • German for Genealogical Research and Cultural Tourism (15 credit hours)

The tracks allow you to apply your command of the German language and knowledge of German culture in a variety of real-world settings. 

This online program is taught by IU East, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. Please note that, although the program is delivered 100 percent online, some classes require your attendance on specific days and times.

Download a printable PDF summary of the BS in German. 

Students admitted to IU Online receive a full range of personalized support services, including:

  • Onboarding
  • Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Math and Writing Support
  • Career Services
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Tutoring

Employment opportunities in the fields of German are expected to continue growing well above average for the next 10 years at the state, regional, and national level. Your IU Online BS in German may prepare you for such careers as:

  • Meeting, convention, and event planners
  • Sales managers
  • Training managers
  • General and operations managers
  • Human resources specialists 

If you decide to pursue an advanced degree, the solid liberal arts foundation and suite of core German coursework will prepare you for admission to a wide variety of professional graduate programs.

To earn the BS in German, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. 

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • Core courses (6 credit hours)
  • Major courses (27 credit hours)
  • Track courses (15 credit hours)
  • General education and elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

Students who meet the admission standards of their home campus will be admitted directly into the BS in German.

Priority Application Dates

Fall semester: May 1

Spring semester: Dec 1

You may transfer up to 60 previously earned credit hours.

Micheal D. Hutchins

Micheal D. Hutchins

Michael D. Hutchins is associate professor of German and international studies at IU Southeast. He earned his PhD at the University of Cincinnati. His areas of teaching include contemporary German fiction, contemporary German theater, and German language and culture. His research interests include the influence of Jewish messianic traditions on the scholarly and literary work of W.G. Sebald, terrorism and nostalgia in post-Wende fiction, the novels of Uwe Tellkamp, and modifications of communicative approaches in second-language instruction. Hutchins was an early innovator using the Polycom® EagleEye™ Director videoconferencing system and Voice Thread.

Jeffrey Luppes

Jeffrey Luppes

Jeffrey Luppes is associate professor of German in the department of world languages at IU South Bend. He received a PhD in German studies from the University of Michigan. He teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture. His research interests include topics at the intersection of history, culture, and politics, especially memory culture and representations of German wartime suffering. His work is published in such journals as German Politics; Society, Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, and the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. He is faculty advisor for the campus German Club.


GER-G 203

-OR- GER-G 200

2nd-Year German 1

-OR- Intermediate German 1


3 Credits

GER-G 204

-OR- GER-G 250

2nd-Year German 2

–OR- Intermediate German 2 

3 Credits


GER-G 362Introduction to Contemporary Germany3 Credits
GER-G 465Structure of German 3 Credits
GER-G 363Introduction to German Cultural History3 Credits
GER-G 497Capstone and e-Portfolio3 Credits

GER-G 310

-OR- GER-G 313

Deutsch: Mittelstufe

-OR- Writing German 1

3 Credits

GER-G 311

-OR- GER-G 314

Deutsch: Conversation and Composition

-OR- Writing German 2

3 Credits

GER-G 307 

-OR- GER-G 415

Selected Works of Contemporary German

-OR- Perspectives on German Literature 

3 Credits

GER-G 345 

-OR- GER-G 346

Introduction to Practical Translation Techniques 1 

-OR- Introduction to Practical Translation Techniques 2

3 Credits

GER-G 370

-OR- GER-G 418

German Cinema

-OR- German Film and Popular Culture

3 Credits 

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $242.48
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $727.44

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $352.96
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1,058.88