German Foundations Minor

A minor in German Foundations provides a solid foundation of language skills and cultural acumen to complement specializations in both Liberal Arts and professional fields. Modern foreign language study enhances critical thinking , analytical reasoning, and written communication skills by requiring students to perceive, process, and articulate ideas within a different linguistic and cultural framework from their own. Important components of this enhancement are the systematic study of vocabulary and syntax, the discussion of cultural issues, the introduction to literature, and the redaction of compositions in the target language.In addition to courses offered on campus, students are strongly encouraged to study and travel abroad to apply and enhance their knowledge through cultural immersion in German-speaking communities.

The German Foundations minor requires a minimum of 15 credits. A maximum of 10 credits may be waived toward the minor requirements for students entering the program with proven proficiency in the target language. The 15 credits in German must include the following courses or their equivalent:

Student Learning Outcomes

  • German language and culture proficiency at levels1.1, 2.1, 3.1, and 4.1 (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]).
  • Intermediate-Mid German language proficiency (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985).