With a new curriculum that engages students in multiple literacies and interdisciplinary coursework, the German program promotes the highest levels of proficiency in what the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recognizes as the key areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking and culture.
German courses enable students to hone language skills while exploring German culture through a range of topics, including film, history, natural sciences, religion, literature and translation.
The department’s innovative Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program gives students more than the ability to understand and speak another language; it equips students with a depth of cultural awareness and insight. Considered one of the most distinctive language-across-the curriculum programs in the nation, Wittenberg’s federally funded effort to internationalize the curriculum enables students to earn credit toward the B.A. by conducting research in their language of interest for any academic discipline on campus. No other department of languages offers opportunities for such a breadth of interdisciplinary studies.
Through close interaction with faculty, interdisciplinary coursework, exchange programs in Germany and Austria, and the university’s own Wittenberg in Wittenberg semester study abroad program, students in the German program undertake a life-changing experience that opens doors to a world of enriching professional and social opportunities.
Requirements: Thirty-four semester hours beyond German 112 including: at least eight credits at the 200-level taught in German, eight credits at the 300-level and two seminars (8 credits) at the 400 level.
Recommended in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures: At least two courses in another language. Whenever possible, these should be above the 112 level.
Recommended in Other Departments: Related courses in Art, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion and Theatre.
Requirements: At least 20 semester hours beyond 112. Each student minoring in German is required to design the minor in consultation with the department.
Licensure for Teaching in German
Students interested in pursuing a course of study leading to a license to teach German should contact their adviser or the Education Department for specific requirements.