About German

Knowledge of German combined with other interests opens hundreds of expanded career opportunities.

Knowledge of German gives you a competitive edge in the job market as Germany is a world leader in imports and export, think: automobiles and automotive components, high-end manufacturing, software, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology innovations. More and more Americans are employed by German businesses operating in the U.S. and by American businesses operating in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Learning German at CCSF will enhance your future career success.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying German can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • International Business and Accounting
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • U.S. diplomatic service
  • International law
  • Military service
  • business exporting to or importing from Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish.

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals.

View Requirements in College Catalog

Required courses: GERM 3 or GERM 3A+3B

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GERM 3 Intermediate German 5  
GERM 3A Intermediate German 3  
GERM 3B Intermediate German 3  

Total Units: 5 - 6 

Choose a minimum of 11 units from the required core courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GERM 1  Elementary German 5  
GERM 1A Elementary German 3  
GERM 1B Elementary German 3  
GERM 2 Continuation of Elementary German 5  
GERM 2A  Continuation of Elementary German 3  
GERM 2B Continuation of Elementary German 3  
GERM 10A Beginning Practical Spoken German 3  
GERM 10B Beginning Practical Spoken German 3  
GERM 10C Intermediate Conversational German 3  
GERM 10D Continuation of Intermediate Conversational German 3  
GERM 11A Advanced Conversational German 3  
GERM 11B Advanced Conversational German 3  

Total Units: 11

Overall Total Units: 16 - 17

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring German programs at the following institutions: 

  • University of California
  • California State University

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.