Majors and Minors Offered
Carthage awards two German language scholarships, each covering $20,000, each year.
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.
By looking back, you can better understand Germany’s past. At the same time, you will examine the interesting ways that German thinkers and artists are creating a complex, modern European culture in the nation today.
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.
Through German literature, film, architecture, art, and everyday life, students also develop a critical understanding of the culture — past and present. You’ll forge friendships in class, on field trips, in German Club, and at the German Table.
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.
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“Classes are taught almost entirely in the target language. I find this immersion to be key in progressing in communicating and developing a deeper understanding of the culture. The program also has a supportive network of native speakers and tutors, and there is always someone to practice with.”
— Taylor Tibbs ’17, biology major, German minor