German is one of the official languages of the European Union and the United Nations and can get you through Europe, eastern Africa, and parts of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and the US. Germany is one of the top export nations in the world and, along with German-speaking Switzerland and Austria, is a hub of international finance. Knowledge of German will give the student a deeper understanding of modern Western culture because large sections of American popular culture have roots in German culture. Modern science is based on, and continues to thrive on, massive contributions from German scientists and German philosophers who shaped most of the modern schools of philosophical thought.
GER 101-102: BEGINNING IN GERMAN
3-6 credits/ Patterns 1-2
These courses provide the basis for communication in German and for understanding the cultures of the German-speaking world. Through first elements of the language, students learn aspects of history, geography, and culture. Structures and patterns are introduced and practiced. Prerequisite for German 102: German 101 or permission of the instructor.
GER 201-202: CONTINUING IN GERMAN
3-6 credits/ Concentration Option, Patterns 1-2
Communication on personal topics is fostered through continuing study of the structural and lexical features of the language. Emphasis is on the encounters of daily life—employment, leisure activities, living situations, family and friends. Prerequisite: German 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.