German Language and Culture

 

By studying German at Western, you can gain a solid foundation in the language of Europe’s most influential economy and explore the language and culture in which figures such as Bach, Goethe, Mozart, Nietzsche, Brecht, Kafka, and Benjamin lived and worked and in which recent Nobel Prize winners, Elfriede Jelinek and Herta Müller, are thriving. Investigate and analyze culture through upper year seminars about German literary, visual and performing arts, covering periods from the medieval, classicist, romantic agesto the contemporary culture of unification and integration or about cities such as Vienna and Berlin. Major, Minor or Certificate module options are available and final-year capstone experiences include research seminars or project courses, and completion of an undergraduate honors thesis. 

Student learn the German language through a multi-media, communicative approach, that focuses on the cultures of all German-speaking countries and integrates authentic materials such as articles, websites, film and literature. Challenge yourself with study abroad or exchange opportunities and receive credit at Western or engage with hands-on intercultural experience through in-class and community service learning.

Major in German Language and Culture (6.0 courses)

This Major allows students to acquire excellent levels in speaking, writing, reading German and a firm background in the visual arts, literature, film and socio-political developments of German-speaking countries. This module is ideal for students taking a double major who are interested in careers related to creative industries, international relations, communication, or business in Europe.

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Minor in German Language and Culture (4.0 courses)

This Minor allows students to acquire a thorough grounding in German language combined with a taste of the richness of German culture. With only two required language and culture courses, this open and flexible module offers the choice of a range of upper year courses in culture that add value to any degree, such as Music, Science, Business or World Literatures and Cultures.

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Certificate in Practical German (3.0 courses)

This Certificate can be started first year with German 1030 and can assist students to become proficient in one of the most important languages in the European union through three streamlined, full-year language and culture courses that can be combined with optional half-courses in conversation, business German, translation or culture. The Practical Certificate in German is an asset to careers in business, science, and the arts. 

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