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The demands of international commerce, as well as the increasing number of individuals in the U.S. who speak English as a learned language, define the need for professionals who can speak multiple languages. At Doane, students are immersed in their language major to attain a high level of proficiency and a well-rounded, cultural education.


Why Study Languages?

"There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level."

"Research suggests that language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language."

One of the goals of a liberal arts education is to expand your knowledge base, and many students have benefited from language abilities in unexpected ways. Research reveals the academic advantages of sustained study of another language. Even though you might not later remember how to conjugate or use the subjunctive, you will most likely remember the cultural aspects of the language.

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Fulbrights in Germany

Doane graduates proficient in other languages are highly sought after in industry, commerce, education, and not-for-profit organizations. Many have continued their education in graduate schools after a successful Fulbright year abroad, or have entered the working world.  Fulbright scholarships support a full academic year abroad, either doing research in various disciplines such as chemistry, biology, the social sciences, linguistics and literature, or working as a teaching assistant in a secondary school such as a Gymnasium.


Learning Environment

Approximately 30-35 students are in the German program each year, with 8-10 studying abroad during the year. Introductory courses average 20 students, while advanced courses range from 5-15 students. 

Small class sizes provide more opportunity for oral practice. We speak in German as much as possible - even if that means you don't understand everything. We talk about current events - events on the campus, in the state and the country, in Germany and the world.  Probably the best experiences are the German Tables, where we meet for lunch and speak in German.


Study Abroad

Doane REQUIRES all language majors to study abroad for a semester.

German majors study in Germany for one or two semesters. Doane has a consortium agreement with the Goethe Institut, where students can receive up to 24 credits. Course work can also be combined with internships abroad.


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GER 101 - Elementary German (3)
GER 102 - Elementary German (3)
GER 322 - The Teaching of German I (0)
GER 323 - The Teaching of German II (0)
GER 324 - The Teaching of German III (0)
GER 325 - The Teaching of German IV (2)