Why study German?

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe.

More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. 83 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. It is the 3rd most popular world language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.

Business opportunities

The German language has the 4th highest number of job postings in the U.S.A., and the U.S. jobs requiring German proficiency pay more than those for any other language.

Science and Research

German is the 2nd most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the 3rd largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists abroad. Germany leads the world in environmental awareness and application.

Germans are world leaders in engineering.

Germany offers many fellowship and internship opportunities to foreigners. Many leading U.S. universities offer internship opportunities with partnering German engineering firms.


Germany maintains a dominant Internet presence with over 8 million Internet domains. Germany´s country domain .de is 2nd only to .com. Multilingual communicators are required for developments in media, information and communication technology.


German is the language of famous authors, musicians and artists: Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Dürer, Franz Marc, and the list goes on! Some of the most revered filmmakers of the 20th century come from the German-speaking world: Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Volker Schlöndorff and many more.

German enhances academic performance.

Students who study German perform better on standardized tests because so much of the English language stems from German.


COD offers German courses in a variety of formats to meet the needs of its diverse student population. It also offers the opportunity to live and study abroad in Berlin, Germany.

Traditional: Classes meet weekly and students have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers.

Online: Internet-based courses offer independent study and flexible learning. Classes are offered online with instructor and student webcam meetings.


  • German 1100 – German Civilization and Culture – 3 credit hours (taught in English)
  • German 1101 – Elementary German I – 4 credit hours
  • German 1102 – Elementary German II – 4 credit hours
  • German 1840 – Independent Study – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • German 2201 – Intermediate German I – 4 credit hours
  • German 2202 – Intermediate German II – 4 credit hours
  • German 2251 – Conversation and Composition I – 3 credit hours
  • German 2252 – Conversation and Composition II – 3 credit hours
  • German 2800 – Special Project – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • German 2820 – Advanced Selected Topics – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • German 2860 – Internship (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • German 2865 – Internship, Advanced (Career and Tech Ed) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • German 2870 – Internship (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours
  • German 2871 – Internship, Advanced (Transfer) – 1 to 4 credit hours



Contact Information

Liberal Arts Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2047


2+2 Programs

COD and Elmhurst College 2+2 Degree Programs in French, German and Spanish

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