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Fast Facts: German

  • German courses promote the synthesis of all four communication skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing — emphasizing active use of the language within the context of daily life.  
  • The German language is taught as a key component of intercultural competence; students gain understanding of modern German-speaking society and German cultural heritage through interaction with native speakers and exposure to German songs, film and poetry.
  • German courses help students to perfect the college requirement of second language proficiency and become clear and effective communicators
  • A German minor complements majors in global, cultural and language studies, nursing, history, philosophy and many other fields of study.
  • Through the CSS Leipzig Exchange, students have the opportunity to visit the thriving cultural center of Leipzig, Germany, for a two-week immersion experience (visit for more information).
  • They then have the chance to welcome their German peers from Leipzig to the U.S. during their annual reciprocal visits to Duluth.

Program Requirements

Minor: 20 credits 
Participation in Study Abroad program

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse GMN 1112 - Beg German Lang & Culture I

Introduces more complex linguistic features and continues the development of the oral, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills within culturally contrastive contexts. Prerequisite: Placement test or permission of instructor.

Expand and Collapse GMN 2201 - Intermediate German I

Promotes the synthesis of the basic language skills through a grammar review, vocabulary building, the use of authentic texts, hands-on projects, films and native speakers to generate discussion and deepen cultural understanding. Prerequisite: Placement test or permission of instructor.

Expand and Collapse GMN 2202 - Intermediate German II

Continues the language skills and cultural understanding synthesis of the previous course, adding historical and literary texts to help develop the pragmatics of opinion formation and more complex discourse. Prerequisite: GMN 2201 or permission of instructor.

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  • "Getting my German minor was an awesome experience. The small class sizes and individual attention allowed me to focus on learning German language and culture as it fit my interests. It was an integral part of my education, and has enriched my future pursuits with a global perspective.

    – Josh Lehn, ‘12