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.

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Study abroad

Eat, sleep and drink German for a full semester at Philipps Universität-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 Gespräche also meet once a month for more in-depth discussions on important topics.

What do German Minors 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

Courses

Number
Name
Units
Description
GER 115
Beginning German I
1.00
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. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 116
Beginning German II
1.00
A continuation of German 115. Prerequisite: Ger 115 or placement into 116. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 217
Intermediate German
1.00
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. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 218
Advanced Intermediate German
1.00
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. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 222
German Cinema
1.00
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. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W2 ACE.
GER 227
Off Campus German Conversation
1.00
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. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 228
German Conversation
1.00
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. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 243
Interdisciplinary Works
1.00
Taught in English. Students wishing for credit in German should register for 343. Examines the benefits of (and sometimes the consequences that result from) interdisciplinary projects in the German-speaking world. Offered with rotating topics on literature, music, philosophy, politics, science, technology and more.
GER 244
Intercultural Communicaiton
1.00
Taught in German. Evaluates the communication that happens between and within cultures in literature, film and/or other media. Possible topics include the multi-layered communities represented in cross-cultural relationships, fairy tales, between humans and animals, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and more. Development of competence in written and oral expression through analytical, functional and creative writing exercises, group discussions, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: GER 218.
GER 245
Crossing Boundaries
1.00
Taught in German. Offered with rotating topics examining the boundaries (and the crossing of boundaries) in language, culture, genre, gender, race, class and/or societies in literary works from the German-speaking world. Builds critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Prerequisite: GER 218.
GER 248
German for the Professions
1.00
Taught in German. Builds reading, writing, translation, speaking, and listening skills using contemporary economics, business, non-profit organization and translation industry texts and conventions. To include units, presentations, and creative projects and analyses specific to enrolled students' vocational interests. Students help research and design part of the curriculum. Prerequisite: GER 218.
GER 321
Cities and Regions
1.00
A cultural journey to several key cities and regions in order to acquaint the students with the rich heritage of German-speaking lands. This course continues students' development toward advanced language proficiency by providing a variety of texts from disciplines such as literature, music, philosophy, science, history, banking and industry. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 218. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 322
German Film Studies
1.00
Taught in English, a survey course examining German cinema from its world-famous pioneers in the late 1920's to the contemporary filmmakers. Students will write papers in German. Counts for Film Studies minor. Students cannot receive credit for both 222 and 322. Prerequisite 218. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W2 ACE.
GER 343
Interdisciplinary Works in German
1.00
Taught in English. Readings, writings, and conversation group in German. Examines the benefits of (and sometimes the consequences that result from) interdisciplinary projects in the German-speaking world. Offered with rotating topics on literature, music, philosophy, politics, science, technology and more. Prerequisite: GER 218. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
GER 344
Adv Intercultural Communicaiton
1.00
Taught in German. Evaluates the communication that happens between and within cultures in literature, film and/or other media. Possible topics include the multi-layered communities represented in cross-cultural relationships, fairy tales, between humans and animals, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and more. Development of competence in written and oral expression through analytical, functional and creative writing exercises, group discussions, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: GER 218, and at least two more upper-division courses at the 2##-level. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
GER 345
Adv Crossing Boundaries
1.00
Taught in German. Offered with rotating topics examining the boundaries (and the crossing of boundaries) in language, culture, genre, gender, race, class and/or societies in literary works from the German-speaking world. Builds critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Prerequisite: GER 218, and at least two more upper-division courses at the 2##-level. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
GER 348
Advance German for Professions
1.00
Taught in German. Builds reading, writing, translation, speaking, and listening skills using contemporary economics, business, non-profit organization and translation industry texts and conventions. To include units, presentations, and creative projects and analyses specific to enrolled students' vocational interests. Students help research and design part of the curriculum. Prerequisite: GER 218.

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