Bachelor of Science in German for Genealogical Research and Cultural Tourism (Online)

Unlock German culture, history, and genealogy

The Bachelor of Science in German for Genealogical Research and Cultural Tourism is the key to exploring the culture of German-speaking countries and mining written materials for research. In this online program, you will learn aspects of the language necessary to decode the past and understand the present of German-speaking nations in context.


Germany is an economic, political and cultural powerhouse in Europe and the world. Employment opportunities for applicants with German-language skills are expected to grow well above average for the next 10 years at the state, regional and national level.

In addition to helping you seek employment with American subsidiaries of German industrial and banking concerns, or vice versa, and boosting your chances of international placements in business and foreign service, your IU Online Bachelor of Science in German may give you a head-start in careers such as:

  • Meeting, convention, and event planner
  • Sales manager
  • Training manager
  • General and operations manager
  • Human resources specialist

Degree information

120 Credit hours
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
100% Online

For information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

To earn the online B.S. in German, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. You may transfer up to 60 previously earned credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (6 credit hours)
  • Major courses (27 credit hours)
  • Capstone course (3 credit hours)
  • Track courses (15 credit hours)
  • General education and elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

All courses are 3 credit hours and require a grade of C or better unless otherwise noted.


Core Curriculum (6 credit hours)

  • GER-G 203 Second Year German I, or
    GER-G 200 Intermediate German I
  • GER-G 204 Second Year German II, or
    GER-G 250 Intermediate German II

Major Courses (27 credit hours)

  • GER-G 362 Introduction to Contemporary Germany
  • GER-G 465 Structure of German
  • GER-G 363 Introduction to German Cultural History
  • GER-G 497 Capstone and e-Portfolio
  • GER-G 310 Deutsch: Mittelstufe, or
    GER-G 313 Writing German I
  • GER-G 311 Deutsch: Conversation and Composition, or
    GER-G 307 Writing German II
  • GER-G 307 Selected Works of Contemporary German Literature, or
    GER-G 415 Perspectives on German Literature
  • GER-G 345 Introduction to Practical Translation Techniques I, or
    GER-G 346 Introduction to Practical Translation Techniques II
  • GER-G 370 German Cinema, or
    GER-G 418 German Film and Popular Culture

German Capstone

Track: Genealogical Research and Cultural Tourism

  • GER-G 363 Introduction to German Cultural History
  • GER-G 346 Introduction to Practical Translation Techniques II, or
    GER-G 423 The Craft of Translation
  • GER-G XXX German for Genealogy (in development)
  • HIST-B 418 German Nation and Volk
  • TESM-T 234 Cultural Heritage Tourism


Choose as needed to reach 120 credits.

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Michael D. Hutchins Ph.D.

Associate Professor of German and International Studies

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(812) 941-2230

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