Managerial English Minor
The Managerial English minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits (max.: 24 credits) from courses I teach, which are supplemented with a minimum of 6 credits (max.: 12 credits) from courses I do not teach.
To earn the 18 to 24 credits required from courses I teach, you will need to complete the following courses in this order:
- English for Management (6 CP) at the introductory level (compulsory)
- Oral Communication (6 CP) and Written Communication (6 CP) at the higher level (both compulsory)
- Working Across Cultures (6 CP) at the advanced level (elective)
To earn the remaining 6 to 12 credits, you will need to complete additional English courses that meet the following three criteria:
- they are relevant to Managerial English
- they are associated with ECTS credits or workload
- they are completed during your studies
This means that you are quite free to decide exactly where and when to earn these additional English credits. You can, for instance, attend further English courses at JLU's language centre or at any other department at any university in Germany or abroad (provided the courses you attend have ECTS credits associated with them). And you can do so before or after or at the same time that you participate in the Managerial English courses I teach.
To ensure that your additional English courses are relevant for Managerial English (and can thus be credited), go by two simple rules. First, relevant courses must be taught and assessed entirely in English. Second, relevant courses must be designed either to improve your English language skills or to build your communication skills in English-language contexts that are closely related to business and management. This will help you determine whether a particular course offer is relevant or not.
Most language practice and communication skills classes taught in English are clearly relevant. This includes the courses Communication at Work (6 CP) and Business Grammar (6 CP), which are currently offered at our department. It also applies to most courses taught at JLU's language centre, such as grammar, conversation practice, listening and speaking, current events, presentation skills, job applications, academic writing and the like.
Most traditional lectures, by contrast, are clearly irrelevant although they may be taught in English. This is because attending lectures on Postmodern American Literature, Astrophysics or Structural Engineering at a German university will do nothing for your managerial communication skills. A special rule, however, applies to English-language lectures that you attend while studying abroad. Provided the country where you study is not a German-speaking one, it is possible to earn a maximum of three additional English-language credits for attending any English-language lecture on a management subject. This is because attending lectures on US GAAP-based Accounting, Organizational Behaviour or Finance in a foreign country will actually improve your managerial communication skills.
Finally, please be aware that any English language and communication skills you have acquired outside university cannot be credited. Thus, no credits are available for
- any English courses taken at private language schools in Germany or abroad
- any English courses taken in school or as a part of your job training prior to studying
- any tests or certificates of English-language proficiency or management aptitude (TOEFL, IELTS, BULATS, TOEIC, GMAT, etc.) and any preparation courses associated with them
- having lived, studied or worked in an English-speaking country
If you are in any way uncertain about whether an English course you are planning to attend can be credited towards your Managerial English minor, please contact your instructor.
For suggestions on how to schedule courses when studying for a minor in Managerial English, see Service & FAQs.