The German Program

The German minor program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages allows students to develop skills in German and to broaden and deepen their understanding of one of the world’s richest cultural traditions. The department’s mission is to prepare and enable students, through the acquisition of a second language, to participate in a multilingual and multicultural world.

The German language program employs a culture-based communicative approach that fosters the requisite skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing German.  Cultural awareness is integrated at every level of study.

What Can I Do With This Minor in German?

The graduate with a German minor is prepared to participate in multilingual and multicultural communities in the United States and in German-speaking countries abroad.

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Results

The German minor requires 18 credits including Conversational German and Advanced German Grammar and Composition, as well as courses in literature and culture and civilization. Students minoring in German are strongly encouraged to study abroad. The minor develops skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing German, and prepares graduates to participate in multilingual and multicultural communities in the United States and abroad. 

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Requirements for a Minor in German

Requirements for German Minor (18 credits):
A minor in German requires 6 courses beyond GE 203.

Required Courses (12 credits):
GE 305 Conversational German - 3 credits 
GE 315 Advanced German Grammar and Composition - 3 credits
Any 300 level course in literature - 3 credits 
Any course in culture and civilization - 3 credits

Elective:
Any two courses from the 200 or 300 level - 3 credits

Study abroad is essential to attain proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students, therefore, who wish to minor in German are strongly encouraged to study abroad.

Courses must be taught in the target language, i.e., in German. A minimum of a 9-credit summer program or one semester of study in Germany would qualify. For students who are not able to study German abroad, language study in an German immersion setting may be substituted. All programs must be approved by the department chair.

  • Learning Objectives

    Students who minor in Germany have the opportunity to

    • develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing German. 
    • develop an awareness and appreciation of German culture.
    • engage in cross-cultural comparisons. 
    • make connections with other disciplines of study. 
    • participate in multilingual or German immersion program abroad or in the U.S.