German Minor

Essential components of the German Minor include the study of vocabulary, structures, and syntax, the discussion of cultural issues, the introduction to literature, and the redaction of compositions in German.

The minor requires a minimum of twenty-four credits. Twenty-one must be in German. Six of these twenty-one credits must be in the upper-division (300- and 400-level). For students entering the program with proven proficiency in German, a maximum of 10 credits may be waived toward the minor requirements.

Students wishing to teach a modern foreign language at the secondary level shall complete the language minor and MFL-444.1 Second Language Acquisition Theory & Practice and MFL-445.1 Foreign Language, ESL & Bilingual Methods as well as completing the requirements for a first teaching field in another content area. Please consult with the education department for specific certification requirements.

A liberal arts curriculum values breadth and exposure to both the Fine Arts and Humanities. Therefore, any student completing a minor in Modern Foreign Languages must also complete three credits in a Fine Arts course that complements the language of the minor.

The following Modern Foreign Languages courses are required:

Even the most rigorous domestic courses in Modern Foreign Languages are not a substitute for immersion in a community where the target language is dominant. Students who elect a minor in Modern Foreign Languages are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one term of study abroad or living in a community where their target language is dominant.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Writing
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Language and culture proficiency at levels 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, and 4.2 of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]) and "Intermediate-High" language proficiency of the ACTFL Guidelines (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985).