Admission requirements

  • All students should take the department’s short online language placement exam and discuss the results with a German department adviser to find the most appropriate class. Instructions and a link can be found on the foreign languages department website under Student Information.
  • Transfer students may continue their foreign language study at the next comparable level.


  • UMKC students have opportunities to receive valuable course credit while studying abroad. Highlighted programs include a semester- or year-long exchange with the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and a four-week summer internship program in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt.
  • The German faculty strongly supports independent student research projects that take them abroad; recent students have received prestigious Fulbright and DAAD scholarships to spend up to a year in Germany.
  • German faculty have solicited $4,500 in grants in the last three years to acquire German films for the UMKC library.
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Fast facts

  • Germany is the second-largest trading partner for the United States.
  • German is the dominant language of business in Eastern Europe.
  • Connecting German and business studies can provide exciting career opportunities.
  • Language courses promote communication and are highly interactive.
  • Upper division classes investigate literature, culture, and film in seminar format with small class sizes.
  • A German Studies minor allows students to take courses in any department that has a connection to the German-speaking countries.


Faculty members are noted authors and researchers in their fields and present their work regularly at international conferences.

  • Scott Baker, Ph.D., focuses primarily on German drama, 18th and 19th century political literature, and language teaching.
  • Larson Powell, Ph.D., works on film, 20th century literature, and connections between music and literature.
  • Brenda Bethman, Ph.D., focuses on women’s literature and gender studies.
  • Tanya Kelley, MA, has taught German at UMKC since 2001.

Student organizations

Deutsch Club

Deutsch Klub is a student-run group that meets once a week to converse in German, discuss cultural and contemporary events, and provide mentoring for lower-level students.

The Economics Club

This club promotes interaction among undergraduate, graduate students, faculty and distinguished economists and professionals.


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
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Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.