Why Study German?
Studying German provides students with all of the academic and personal development benefits of foreign language study. In addition, German is an important world language, especially in Europe, where more people speak German as their native language (approximately 100 million) than English, French, Italian, or Spanish. German is spoken in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It also ranks as the major second language spoken by Eastern Europeans, even above English. Germans are a powerhouse in the European Union, and German companies have a global reach, with more than one thousand German companies in the United States.
Further, knowing German will give you access to a rich body of knowledge in many disciplines. German is not only the language of many great thinkers, artists, writers, and scientists (think of Einstein, Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, Kafka), it also plays an important role in the arts (such as its many Expressionist artists and classical composers), and in our world history. Studies in any of these fields will be enhanced by a knowledge of German.
What does the German program offer?
The Department of Foreign Languages currently offers German evening courses at the elementary and intermediate levels through Continuing Education
Students may use German to satisfy the University's foreign language requirement [link to catalogue, p. 14] and/or combine it with another foreign language to complete a Foreign Languages minor.
Study abroad options for a summer, a semester or a year abroad are available for students who would like to study German in a German-speaking country, such as Germany or Austria. Find out more by contacting the Center for International Education. Students may transfer up to 6 credits in German towards the Foreign Languages minor.