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The German program is designed to serve a variety of goals. It gives you the insight into one of the world's great languages and literatures. It provides an additional marketable skill for majors in several fields including business, sociology, psychology, education, and communication. A major in German is required for certification to teach the language in high school. Also, Doane is one of the only colleges in the United States that make it a requirement to study abroad for at least a semester if you're going to major in a Modern Language. Once students are in their junior year at Doane, they have access to a $1,000 travel scholarship that they can put toward this study abroad experience.

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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. 

  • Doane has a long list of Fulbright scholars. Find out more about those who went to Germany.


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. 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. 


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To major in German, you must complete 30 credits of the following classes:

GER 203 - Intermediate German (3)
               Conversation and reading, as well as review of grammar.
GER 204 - Intermediate German (3)
               Continuation of GER 203.
GER 290/390/490 - Directed Study (1-3)
               An opportunity for supervised independent study.
GER 302 - German Language Enrichment (1)
               A course designed to encouage interdisciplinary study in German.
GER 310 - Oral German (3)
               Understanding the spoken language and increasing conversation skills.
GER 311 - Reading and Composition (3)
               Emphasizing reading comprehension and writing.
GER 402 - German Language Enrichment (1)
               A course designed to encourage interdisciplinary study in German.
GER 415 - German Civilization and Culture (3)
               An immersion into German culture and society, past and present.
GER 421 - German Internship (0-12)
              An opportunity for students to study abroad in Germany.
GER 429 - Introduction to German Literature (3)
               Selected works by German-speaking authors are discussed.

The following courses do not count toward the German major:

GER 101 - Elementary German (3) 
               An introduction to basic spoken word, written German, and German culture.
GER 102 - Elementary German (3) 
               A continuation of GER 101. 
GER 322 - The Teaching of German I (0)
               Students learn how to teach foreign language.
GER 323The Teaching of German II (0)
               Geared toward engaging middle school students in learning German. 
GER 324 - The Teaching of German III (0)
               Geared toward engaging high school students in learning German.
GER 325 - The Teaching of German IV (2)
               Students  participate in a setting where foreign language instruction occurs. 

Students wanting to teach German must complete:

GER 322 - The Teaching of German I (0)
Students learn how to teach foreign language.
GER 323 - The Teaching of German II (0)
Geared toward engaging middle school students in learning German.
GER 324 - The Teaching of German III (0)
Geared toward engaging high school students in learning German.
GER 325 - The Teaching of German IV (2)
Students participate in a setting where foreign language instruction occurs.

The German program also includes a minor. To find out more about minoring in German, click here