At a Glance
Carthage offers both a major and a minor in German, with a program that challenges you to move beyond vocabulary and grammar and to think critically about German culture.
You’ll be immersed in German culture and language from the first day of their first German course. Led by dedicated professors, the lively courses stretch beyond vocabulary and grammar to explore literature, architecture, art, politics, film, economics, and everyday life so you’ll develop a critical understanding of the nation’s past and present.
Many students combine German with a major or minor in another field, allowing them to combine their interests and prepare for a wide variety of futures — even some they might not anticipate.
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Learn from native speakers
At Carthage, Target Language Experts (young university graduates from Germany) teach most introductory German courses, focusing on the spoken language. Classes at every level are interdisciplinary, lively, and small — and all in German. Feedback and academic advice will come directly from your professors.
Beyond the Classroom
German majors at Carthage are required to spend a semester in Germany. Study abroad options ranging from a few weeks to a full year are available to all students. Thanks to its popular J-Term, Carthage is a top-ranked institution in the country for short-term study abroad. In recent years, professors in religion, theatre, communication, sociology, physics, and history have led study tours to Germany.
German Club and Stammtisch (the German lunch table) give students more chances to build cultural and linguistic fluency, while the International Friendship Society promotes diversity and cultural awareness on campus. Top students can also join Alpha Mu Gamma, a national honor society for foreign languages.