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    The German Program

    The German minor program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages allows students to develop skills in the German language. 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 to speak, listen to, read, write and learn German. Cultural awareness is integrated at every level since language is culture and culture is language.

    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. 

    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

    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.