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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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Requirements for the German Major:

Complete 33 credits of German

For students who begin beyond the 100-level, complete 30 credits of German, excluding GER 317, GER 323, GER 321 .

12 to 17 credits in German

A student must earn 12 to 17 credits in German in an approved semester or summer abroad program, with the approval of the department.  Courses taken abroad should be taught in the German language.  The student has the option of earning up to 24 credits for a full year abroad. (Refer to Off-Campus Study Programs.)

Four-Year Plan

Complete 30 credits of German

Students studying secondary education and German must complete 30 credits beyond the 100-level, excluding GER 317, GER 321 

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

One additional teaching major.

Credit by Examination

Students having already taken and passed a course in German at Doane may take an exam for credit. Upon passing the exam, students can be awarded three credits. Additional fees apply. Credit by Examination is limited to 100- and 200-level courses. A maximum of three credits can be awarded.