Program Overview


The German Program at Howard University is housed in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.‚Äč  Students can take German language courses as well as courses on literature, culture, film and music.  

Students interested in choosing a minor in German should contact the program coordinator.

Why Study German?

More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe.  In addition to being the national language of Germany, it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe. 

Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world and is the economic powerhouse of the European Union.  And don't forget that Switzerland, another German-speaking country, has one of the highest standards of living in the world.  If you're looking for employment in the United States, knowing German can give you great advantages. German companies account for 700,000 jobs in the United States, and US companies have created approximately the same number of jobs in Germany. 

Dr. Marilyn Sephocle

Locke Hall 370

Minor in German

Course Requirements

The German Minor at Howard University requires 18 credit hours beyond the 004 level of language, which can be completed taking courses on German language, literature and culture.  See Dr. Marilyn Sephocle to verify which courses qualify.

Study Abroad

Students are highly encouraged to engage in study abroad in the German-speaking world. You should consult the program coordinator, Dr. Marilyn Sephocle, to see which program best fits your interests.