German is closely related to English. Both belong to the Germanic family of language, a group consisting of 38 languages, including Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, and Yiddish. It is the most widely spoken language in the Europe Union with over 120 million native speakers worldwide. Not only do the residents of Germany speak German, but it is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. In addition, German plays a role as the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe. German is the third most popular language taught worldwide and the second most popular language taught in Europe and Japan, after English. Knowledge of German grants access not only to rich literary, philosophical, and artistic traditions, but also to many other kinds of contemporary cultural, economic, political, and scientific developments. It increases the job opportunities with German and foreign companies in one’s own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps students to function productively for an employer with global business connections. No matter what future career students pursue, studying German, as part of a liberal education, can enrich their professional and personal lives.
Is German Right For You?
A German minor might be right for you if you:
- Are interested in the German-speaking world
- Are interested in Germany’s rich literary, philosophical, artistic, and scientific traditions
- Enjoy German culture
- Plan on working or traveling in German-speaking countries
- Would like to explore your German American heritage
- Are interested in a Fulbright year in Germany or Austria
- Want to be eligible for a substantial German scholarship
Students minoring in German will know:
- The principal aspects of the German language
- The principal aspects of the history of German literature and film
- The principal aspects of the history and culture of German-speaking countries;
Students minoring in German will be able to:
- Speak, understand, read, and write German in meaningful contexts
- Use the latest relevant applications in educational technology
- Read literary texts in German and discuss their content, techniques, and social significance
- Prove their advanced proficiency through an internationally recognized proficiency test;
Students minoring in German will value:
- German language, literature, and culture
- Expressing independent critical opinions
- Increasing intercultural awareness.
German courses at LMU foster communication with an understanding of other people as essential aspects of the education of the whole person. Students thus embark on a road of lifelong learning that will take them into a richer future.
The German minor consists of 20 semester hours above the 2000 level: (GRMN 2101 and GRMN 2102): GRMN 2103, GRMN 2104, and GRMN 3105, and two other courses from upper division offerings (3000-4000 level). Within this minor a professional German emphasis is possible, with GRMN 3716 and GRMN 4760 offered as upper division course options for the business-oriented student.
Please visit the LMU Bulletin for more information on minoring in German.
Spring 2018 Course Descriptions
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Fall 2018 Course Descriptions
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See all German courses offered in the LMU Bulletin.