German Program

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To minor in German, a student must complete no fewer than 18 hours in German beyond the general studies requirement.

Why Study German?

Whatever plans you may have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options. When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life.

 There are many reasons to study German. Some of them, presented by the Goethe Institut are:

  • Business: Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success.
  • The global career: Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections.
  • Tourism and hospitality industry: Tourists from German-speaking countries travel wide and far, and are the world’s biggest spenders when on holiday. They appreciate to be looked after by German-speaking staff and tour guides.
  • Science and Research: German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
  • Communication: Developments in media, information and communication technology require multilingual communicators. A wide range of important websites are in German and worldwide, Germany is ranked number 5 in terms of annual publication of new books. Knowledge of German therefore offers you extended access to information.
  • Cultural understanding: Learning German provides you with an insight into the way of life, and the hopes and dreams of people in German speaking countries, broadening your horizon.
  • Travel: Make the most of your travels not only in German-speaking countries, but in many other European countries where German is widely spoken, especially in Eastern Europe.
  • Enjoyment of literature, music, art and philosophy: German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Indulge in reading and/or listening to their works in their original language.
  • Opportunities to study/work in Germany: Germany awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany. Working holiday visas are available for young foreigners from a range of countries, and special visas are offered to skilled workers and professionals.
  • Opportunities for exchange: A wide range of exchange programs exists for both school and university students between Germany and many countries in the world.

 

We offer Elementary and Intermediate German courses:

101-102. Elementary German 6 hours

Dialogues, vocabulary, and short reading selections, with an emphasis on grammatical structure. Pronunciation drill and homework exercises require language laboratory visits. Much cultural discussion on the three German-speaking countries: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Videos on grammar usage.

 

201-202. Intermediate German 6 hours

Introduction to German, Austrian, and Swiss culture, both popular and intellectual. Emphasis on listening, speaking, writing and reading in German, with class conducted mainly in German. Conversational exercises. Compositions based on short readings, videos, and materials brought by instructor; grammar review secondary. Prerequisites: German 102 or equivalent for FLG 201; and FLG 201 or equivalent for FLG 202.