Majors, Minors, & Certificates


German ranks among the top 10 most frequently spoken languages in the world with 229 million people speaking it. German is particularly important in the field of politics,
commerce, science/technology, international business, hospitality, higher education and tourism.

According to research conducted by the world-renowned Goethe Institute, knowledge of German will

improves employment opportunities in many fields, including

  • Politics: German is the official language of seven countries of the European Union. The enlargement of the EU opens up markets in Central and Eastern Europe for personnel who know German.
  • Science and Technology: German is the second most common language used in scientific/technological research. 40 percent of scientists in the U.S. recommend the study of German.
  • Communications: Germany is ranked number five in terms of annual publication of new books. It is also the largest market in Europe and the third largest market worldwide for telecommunication products.
  • Hospitality Industry: Germans travel extensively and are the world’s biggest spenders when on holidays.
  • Business: German companies abroad and foreign companies in Germany seek experts with knowledge of the German language and culture. More than 1,100 companies of German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the United States and more than 750 U.S. companies do business in Germany, making Germany a strong business partner for the United States in the global economy.

​Program Highlights

  • Can be personalized to fit students’ individual needs.
  • Study tour courses held in part on campus and in part in a German speaking country.
  • Course taught in English, including 20th Century German Literature, 20th Century German Cinema and a comparative US/German media course foster diversity and multicultural awareness among students who do not speak German.

​Skills Developed

  • Social responsibility
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Communicating with confidence
  • Informed decision-making
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Synthesis and distillation of large amounts of information.
  • Adaptability

Modern Languages and Classics Department

We study the past and prepare students for a global future, offering major and minor degrees in Classics, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin and Spanish, as well as instruction in all levels of American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.