At Hanover, studying modern language involves activities and readings that help you see the world with the perspective of another culture. You'll learn to use language as a tool that connects cultures, business and individuals. Instead of just learning good spelling and grammar, you'll expand your cultural awareness through the study of civilization, culture and literature and become a global citizen. Since languages are best learned through immersion, all classes are taught entirely in German. You are encouraged to seize the many opportunities to interact in German in the community and abroad.

Study abroad

Eat, sleep and drink German for a full semester at Philipps Universit├Ąt-Marburg in Marburg, Germany. Short-term opportunities for language and culture study in Germany are also available during May Term.

On-campus immersion

A number of extracurricular activities provide opportunities for you to enrich your language and social experiences at Hanover. Deutsche Spielrunde, held once a month in the Science Hall lobby, provides students and faculty a chance for German conversation and fun. Members of Deutsche Gespr├Ąche also meet once a month for more in-depth discussions on important topics.

What do German majors study?

  • German language classes
  • German conversation and culture
  • German literature
  • And other topics that interest you, from German dynasties to German business

Previous graduates' career and professional placements have included:

  • Assistant to Director, Deutsche Telekom Incorporated (Chicago)
  • Secondary Language Teaching throughout the Midwest
  • English Teacher (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • McKinley Explorer (Holland)

Graduate school placements have included:

  • University of North Carolina
  • Brandeis School of Law
  • University of Louisville
  • College of William & Mary
  • New York University
  • University of Cincinnati


GER 115
Beginning German I
An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as introducing culture(s) of the target language.
GER 116
Beginning German II
A continuation of German 115. Prerequisite: Ger 115 or placement into 116.
GER 161
The Great German Dynasties
An examination of the rise and fall of the great dynasties of German-speaking Europe, and how they interfaced with the major social, political, religious and historical issues of their time. Partially satisfies the Modern Society LADR. May also count toward the major and minor.
GER 217
Intermediate German
Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical and phonological patterns. Emphasis given to developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as study of culture(s) of the target language. Prerequisite: Ger 116 or placement into 217.
GER 218
Advanced Intermediate German
Advanced study involving expansion and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of the target language and its culture(s). Prerequisite: Ger 217 or placement into 218.
GER 222
German Cinema
Taught in English, a survey course examining German cinema from its world-famous pioneers in the 1920's to the contemporary film makers. Students with knowledge of German may choose to write papers in German. Counts toward the German major/minor and toward the Film Studies minor. Does not count toward LADR sequence.
GER 227
Off Campus German Conversation
Conducted in a German-speaking country. Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 217 and permission of instructor. Ger 218 is recommended. After taking Ger 227, Ger 228 cannot be taken for credit. Ger 227 may be repeated once for credit.
GER 228
German Conversation
Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 217 and permission of instructor. Ger 218 is recommended. May precede Ger 227, but may not be taken for credit after Ger 227.
GER 231
Business German
German for commerce and economics, industry and labor, import and export, transportation systems, banking, and marketing. Builds reading, speaking, and writing skills, using contemporary economics and business texts and conventions. Prerequisite: Ger 218.
GER 235
Stylistics and Composition
An advanced study and written application of grammar and strategies that teach students to speak and write more idiomatically, as well as to read more fluently. Required for majors and minors. Prerequisite: Ger 218 or placement.
GER 240
Studies in German Lit and Culture
A study of selected topics related to the literature and culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit once with permission of the instructor.
GER 242
Masterpieces of German Literature
Major works of German- speaking authors are examined against the background of the socio-political history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. No prerequisite.
GER 246
History of German People to WWI
A survey of events, developments, and personalities that shaped German-speaking Europe from Roman times to the early 20th century, focusing on the major political organizers: the Franks, the Stauffers, the Hapsburgs, and the Hohenzollems; on the sociopolitical legacy of the Holy Roman Empire; on German unification and the "German question;" and on the events leading to World War I. Offered alternate years.
GER 247
History of Germany from 1945-Pres.
From ruin to riches to reunification: an examination of the postwar period; of Germany's defeat, occupation, and division; of the economic miracle and its consequences; of major forces, events, and developments leading to the second unification; and of Germany's role in Europe. Offered alternate years.
GER 325
19th Century German Literature
Study of representative prose and drama of romanticism, realism, and naturalism.
GER 327
20th Century German Literature
Study of major novelists, short story writers and playwrights from German-speaking Europe.
GER 431
German Middle Ages & Renaissance
Survey of German literature from A.D. 1200 to 1700.