World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Major in German

With one of the largest economies in the world, German-based and German-run companies operate around the globe. Students who graduate with a major in German gain access to this job market as well as the skills to tap the ever-increasing need for bilingual professionals. If business is not your passion, teaching, foreign service and international law are other professional markets that actively recruit graduates with language skills.

German majors at Elmhurst learn to use German to narrate in connected discourse, understand most details on a variety of topics, comprehend substantive texts in selected fields, write with a high degree of accuracy, and function appropriately in the culture.

Requirements for the Major
The German major consists of 7.5 courses (30 hours) beginning at the 300-level, chosen from among the following areas:

  • Conversation/composition
  • Culture
  • Literature
  • At least one term in a German speaking country

Students should generally take German 301 and 302 before enrolling for other 300 or 400-level courses.

Students must complete the half-credit Senior Research Capstone (WL 451) during one of their final two terms.

Students can complete the requirements for the major even if they have not studied the language before coming to Elmhurst. Those who have had previous exposure to a foreign language are given a placement exam to determine the proper course level.  World language majors are urged to complete requirements for a second major as well.

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