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.