With more than 100 million speakers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and throughout the world, German is a major international language of business, diplomacy, science, and popular culture, with an extraordinarily rich heritage in literature, philosophy and music.
Germany is the largest and wealthiest country in the European Union, and the importance of German in Europe continues to grow with the integration of Eastern European countries where German has always played an important role.
German majors will have achieved advanced proficiency levels in the language and in German grammar and culture.
German classes are typically small in size, allowing for greater interaction, face-time and use of the target language between the instructor and students. Courses cover a variety of topics, and Independent Studies may be arranged to fill a student's needs.
The German program is housed in the Department of Linguistics in Baldy Hall and holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus. Although most instruction is in traditional format, it is often enhanced with a wide variety of media resources, including videos and internet.
The German program has two full-time faculty, one with a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and a sufficient number of instructors and graduate teaching assistants.
Please visit the Linguistics department website for additional information about our faculty.
The German program offers a focused yet varied curriculum designed to provide students with the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge necessary for a BA degree. The program offers many options of study beyond elementary and intermediate language instruction, including courses in literature, linguistics, culture and business German. Many students combine a major in German studies with another major, thus improving their chances for career opportunities in an increasingly international marketplace.
Contact Professor Fertig for matters regarding first and second year language instruction; Contact Professor Hoeing for matters concerning the German major and minor.
Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: