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. Once in the classroom, students are immersed in the German language and are prompted to at least attempt to speak the language when discussing assignment or just talking with peers. 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, the country, in Germany, and the world. Probably the best experiences are the German Tables, where we meet for lunch and speak in German.
At the beginning and intermediate levels, interdisciplinary topics provide a framework. For example, students may learn about famous artists and popular music or films as they practice basic conversation and begin to study grammar. At every stage, learners are building on previously learned skills, with German being used exclusively in culture and literature classes. Culture is a major component of learning at all levels.
German majors are required to 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. Also, out of the 67 Fulbright scholars, 43 of them went to Germany.