World Languages and Cultures
Our language programs integrate language and culture at all levels. While practical use of German is essential, language learning in the liberal arts tradition also means deep reflection on the interdependence of language and culture.
German Minor at a Glance
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Why study languages at Allegheny?
Put your language skill to work.
Because, as a German minor, you'll have a major in another discipline, you'll have a head start at putting your language skill to work in your chosen field.
Get more "talk time."
Allegheny's small classes mean you have more time to practice the language in class.
Join a close-knit community.
You'll get to know other language students and be part of a community of students who love language in and out of the classroom.
A 4-year Journey into Language and Culture
A German minor will engage you with German-speaking culture from day one and will keep improving your language skills until graduation and beyond. Plan ahead for all the opportunities before you!
Get the basics in language and culture. You can start from the very beginning if German is new to you, or if you've studied German before, we'll make sure you start in the right class to make the most of what you already know, while still building a solid foundation for the coming years.
In your second year, you'll continue to make your way through intermediate courses. This is a great time to reach out into the German-speaking community on campus, if you haven't already — maybe try getting together with other German students, or apply to live in the German house in the Max Kade Wing, where you'll speak German all the time and have a native speaker for a roommate! And don't forget to declare your German minor before the end of the year!
Many language minors want to study abroad, and your third year is a great time to do that. Be sure to talk with your major advisor early so that you can fit a semester abroad into your plans, and talk with the International Education Office and your German faculty to choose the right abroad experience for you!
By your fourth year, you've hopefully had an unforgettable time abroad, and you're moving toward advanced skills in German and a deep understanding of German-speaking culture. Even though it might not be required, maybe these skills and experiences can enrich your Senior Project in your major! As you finish up your last language courses, now is also a great time to develop habits for lifetime learning by asking faculty for help finding opportunities to engage with German on your own.
German Minor Learning Outcomes
What will I be able to do with German if I minor in it?
You'll be able to understand and participate in a wide range of conversations and spoken situations.
You'll be able to talk about your activities, preferences, feelings, knowledge, and opinions, and ask others about theirs.
You'll be able to read, interpret, and talk about a variety of types of texts.
You'll know about the institutions, politics, geography, and history, customs, and other aspects of culture in places where German is spoken.
You'll learn to use your language and cultural knowledge to communicate better, so you continue to learn throughout your life.
Brian Capron, Alumnus
Environmental Science Major/German Minor, Class of 2019
“ I can’t imagine a better way for a student to be challenged, humbled, and enriched than to go through the experience of being a foreigner. … I’ve started to see knowledge of a foreign language as being more than merely a tool or just a marketable skill because it’s also a way to change your perspective on the world. ”