Our increasingly complicated world makes the knowledge of a language other than English more than necessary.
Why German Studies?
- German is an important language for communication in Europe, and it is one of the 10 most spoken languages in the world.
- You will be able to do business with Germans, for Germany is the most important trading partner in almost all European and many non-European countries.
- You will be able to read important historical and literary original material, for Germany is the third largest publisher of books in the world.
- Learning to speak German is not any harder than Spanish or French.
- You will also have access to the cultures of Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
- With skills in a foreign language, you will have better opportunities in the job market.
- German is an important door to Europe. I German is important in the study of the sciences; this is why 40 percent of scientists in the United States recommend that their students learn German.
- You will be able to experience the cultures of the German-speaking world with more depth.
- You will know where you come from and understand the history of Pennsylvania Dutch.
- And truly, it is fun!
German Studies Minor - 18 crs.
What makes German Studies an interdisciplinary minor?
The focus of the German Studies Minor is both on the exposure to the language to gain proficiency and on knowledge of the historical, cultural, and political background of the language. All upper-level courses are taught in German. Other courses are taught in English and may be offered by other departments, including those concerning cultures of the German-speaking world.
Not all courses required for the German Studies Minor are taught in German.
Required (12 crs.)
- GER150 German Civilization and Culture (3 crs.)
- GER203 Intermediate German Conversation (3 crs.)
- GER204 Ideas and Cultures from the German-Speaking World (3 crs.)
- GER312 Advanced German Grammar (3 crs.)
Electives (6 crs.)
Two additional German courses beyond GER 150 or courses listed below in agreement with the director of the German Studies Minor and the instructor of the course ANT 351 Peoples and Cultures of Europe
- ANT351 Peoples and Cultures of Europe
- ART233 Art History III
- ENG240 World Literature
- ENG243 Art of the Film
- ENG343 Film Criticism
- ENG385 Studies in 20th Century World Literature
- EDU426 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
- GEO305 Geography of Europe
- HIS330 History of Modern Germany: 1919 to Present
- MUS222 Music History and Literature of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods
- MUS224 Music History and Literature of the Classic and Romantic Eras
- MUS226 Music of the 20th Century
- PHL101 Introduction to Philosophy
- PHL105 Introduction to Ethical Theories and Problems
- PSY240 Psychology of Personality
- SOC450 Classical Social Theory
What can I do with German Studies?
Our increasingly complicated world makes the knowledge of a language other than English more than necessary. It also broadens the professional possibilities of anyone who has a proficient knowledge of German. The job possibilities range from industry, travel, and tourism, service, arts and media, U.S. government to the armed forces.
- German teacher, history teacher, bilingual educator, translator or interpreter, receptionist, literary researcher, librarian etc.
- Foreign correspondent, publisher, bilingual administrator, FBI or CIA special agent, or work in institutions like the World Bank, Department of Defense, or Department of State, etc.
- Scientific researcher, international lawyer, sales representative, technical consultant, international credit analyst, or marketing/advertising executive.
- Travel agent, exchange program coordinator, flight attendant, pilot, or proofreader.
German Certificate - 12 crs.
Select four courses from the minor. Courses selected by advisement.
It is now possible to get certified in German provided that another language major is also chosen. Students interested will have to pass the Praxis in German and take all the pertinent courses in Education. Contact the department for additional information.