At Hanover, you can develop your own pathway with German based on your interests. With major and minor options in German and German Studies, you can focus on advanced language acquisition and study abroad, or take interdisciplinary courses in the History, Music, and Philosophy Departments toward your degree. If you would like to become a P-12 teacher, you can double major in German and Education and complete a teaching internship at a local school. German classes also count as electives in the Business Scholars Program and the International Studies Program. Connect German with your own interests! Our curriculum is based on anti-racist approaches and focuses on inclusive, intercultural and interdisciplinary topics to prepare you for a global citizenship.

The German Department collaborates with faculty across campus to offer current and innovative co-curricular activities and courses. In a recent project, students translated letters by a German-American settler for use in a history class, and in a future Spring Term (TBD), we will team up with the Theater Department to put on a German play in both English and German. The Chemistry and German Departments also plan to team up in the near future to take students to Germany for a class on fermentation and brewing! Join the faculty-led German Club to participate in co-curricular language and cultural activities! German-speakers from across campus and our greater communities are welcome to attend events.

Come learn about the German language and cultures through films, fairy tales, literature, music, plays, poems, translations and more... and write and perform your own!

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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. The German Club offers cooking events, coffee hours, walks on campus for German conversation, hiking days in German, German Immersion Weekends, a Reading Group and more. Collaborate with other student groups on campus to put on intercultural and cross-cultural events. Come share your ideas and interests in the German-speaking cultures.

What do German majors study?

  • German language
  • German conversation and culture
  • German literature and film
  • And other topics that interest you, including translation and German for the professions

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. To include at least one artistic or literary discipline. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the W2 ACE.
GER 244
Intercultural Communication
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 multilayered communities represented in cross-cultural relationships, fairy tales, between humans and animals, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and more, with sources representing the perspectives from one or more of those culture(s). Development of competence in written and oral expression through analytical, functional and creative writing exercises, group discussions, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: GER 218. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the CP ACE.
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. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
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. Satisfies the S ACE.
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. To include at least one artistic or literary discipline.Prerequisite: GER 218. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the W2 ACE.
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, with sources representing the perspectives from one or more of those culture(s). Development of competence in written and oralexpression 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. Maybe repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the CP ACE.
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. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.
GER 348
Adv. German for the Professions
1.00
Taught in German. Builds reading, writing, translation,speaking, and listening skills using contemporary economics, business, non-profit organization andtranslation 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. Satisfies the S ACE

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