The study of German encompasses both a study of the language and the investigation of the cultures/literatures wherever German is spoken.
German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, with around 100 million native speakers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A minor is available.
The languages listed below count toward the Bachelor of Arts third semester language requirement:
- Majors in French, German, and Spanish
- Minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish
- Three years of language and culture courses in Japanese
- Two years of language in Italian
Why Study Modern Languages and Literatures at Grand Valley?
- Study of the German language prepares students for multicultural career settings in the U.S. and abroad.
- German complements majors in many other fields, such as international relations, international business, history, political science, as well as the sciences and fine arts.
- The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures works closely with the Padnos International Center to make many opportunities for study abroad available.
- The study of the language and people of Germany broadens a student's knowledge and understanding of cross-cultural communication, intercultural competence, interpersonal skills, and analytical skills.
- German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third-largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.Format:
- Face To Face
Coursework covers all aspects of language and related cultures, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Additional practical skills gained include:
- Cultural competency, critical thinking, and analysis
- Flexibility, communication, and working with others
Combined Degree Programs
Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.
Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.
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