Conc/CUGS in German

Conc/CUGS in German

Concentration/CUGS in German

Harold Thompson
Academic Advisor
Contact the Academic Advisor via e-mail with any questions about the program. 
Edward C.  Smith, III
Program Mentor
Oak Hall 207
(Contact the Program Mentor with questions about placement testing, course content, and study abroad.)
The Modern Languages & Linguistics Major Concentration / Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in German (12 s.h.) recognizes students’ completion of 12 s.h. in German, which corresponds to Intermediate-level proficiency in the language.  Intermediate-level proficiency in a world language is a valuable credential, as it represents the ability to live independently in a country where the target language is spoken.  In general, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Intermediate-level speakers are able to create with the language, combining and recombining learned material to provide personal information, speak in sentences on a variety of familiar topics, ask questions, and initiate, sustain and conclude a simple social or transactional task. 

For students with the Major in Modern Languages & Linguistics (MLL), this credential is referred to as a Concentration; for non-MLL majors, this credential is referred to as a Certificate (CUGS).  The Concentration in German may be declared in the Department of World Languages, Oak Hall 107 or by contacting the University Advising Center, Savitz Hall, Suite 323 (856.256.4459 /  

The requirements include the following four, 3 s.h. courses: 

GERM 03.101    Elementary German I
GERM 03.102    Elementary German II
GERM 03.201    Intermediate German I
GERM 03.211    Intermediate German II

Students with existing proficiency in German should contact Dr. Edward C. Smith III ( for a placement interview.  It is possible for students to earn credits for the courses that they skip via the Authorization for Credit by Examination process.  Contact Dr. Smith ( for more details about this option.

Students may satisfy program requirements through coursework completed at Rowan University, transfer credits obtained from coursework at other institutions, study abroad, credits obtained through Advanced Placement (AP) and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) (up to 9 s.h. in place of “Elementary German I,” “Elementary German II,” and “Intermediate German I”), and by substituting other 200-400 level German courses.

All courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C-” or better and no courses may be taken P/NC.  Students planning to study abroad must meet with the Program Advisor in order to determine course equivalents.