First-Year Students' Guide

German (GERM) 

Chair:  Professor Laura Goering

In our changing global environment, communication is the key to understanding other peoples and cultures. Studying German at any level will prepare a student to be a more informed and more engaged global citizen.  In addition, Germany is the largest economy in Europe, a leading political force not only in the European Union but also in International Politics, and, according to a 2013 poll, the most positively viewed nation in the world.

Learning German begins with basic and intermediate language study. The beginning and intermediate sequence consists of four semesters: German 101, 102, 103, and 204. Students beginning at Carleton take a placement test to determine the appropriate level German course for them. Students may fulfill the Carleton language requirement by completing the beginning and intermediate sequence or through the placement test. After completing this sequence, students will have the oral proficiency to live and study in a German-speaking country, and will also be prepared to take higher-level courses in German.

After this sequence, students may enhance their German skills and verify their level of accomplishment by earning a Certificate of Advanced Study. Students who desire a higher level of linguistic proficiency and who want to deepen their knowledge of German culture can pursue a German major. 

A German major prepares students for a wide variety of careers in which German skills and cultural knowledge are essential, including global finance, tourism, teaching, health care, and international affairs; for graduate study in fields such as German, comparative literature, history, art history, political science, and philosophy; and for study in multiple fields at German universities. In addition, with a strong foundation in German, students can pursue job opportunities in Germany, including in high-demand fields such as computer science, medicine, engineering and other STEM fields.

To get a quick overview of the requirements (and some additional information), view the PDF at the top-right of this page.

For more information, please contact the section head Professor Juliane Schicker.