Information for First-Year Students

German (GERM) 

Chair: Professor Laura Goering

If we only had two sentences to convince you to learn German, then these sentences would be: German can take you almost everywhere. AND Our students of German are an amazing bunch of people!

In our changing global environment, communication is the key to understanding other peoples and cultures, and studying German at any level will prepare you 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 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.

The sections for GERM 101, 102, and 103 are flexible for students to enroll in. If a student has a conflict between their MWF / TTH classes and a 5-day language class schedule, they can talk with Juliane Schicker (jschicker@carleton) to cross-enroll in 2 sections at the same time.

Then, students may enhance their German skills and verify their level of accomplishment by earning a Minor. 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.

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

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