German Major & Minor

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Hartwick’s German program provides students with a range of opportunities, from introductory experience in the German language and culture to in-depth concentrations in language and literature.

Many courses are offered in English as well as in German, enabling interested students who have had little or no language preparation to gain some insight into German cultural and literary accomplishments. Students majoring in other disciplines may further enrich their academic programs and expand their career options by completing a minor in German.

Where degrees in German can take you.

Students planning to teach are required to take Composition and Grammar Review. German in Commerce is highly recommended for students considering a career in business. Course offerings include introductory and upper-level language instruction, as well as upper-level literature courses.

A closer look.

Course requirements for the major in German assure that students receive a broad background in German language, literature, and culture. Majors are encouraged to go beyond the minimal requirements in German to develop an academic program that enriches their knowledge and understanding of the language and culture.

Beyond the basic.

Students have the opportunity for immersion in Austrian culture and the German language through Hartwick’s January Term study-abroad program in Vienna. Hartwick has also established a student exchange with the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), where students can study for a semester or longer in a wide variety of disciplines taught in German.

Putting German to work.

Hartwick language majors are employed as teachers, writers, translators, and in business at all levels. They have gone on to pursue graduate work, including as Fulbright Scholars at universities in Germany and Austria.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Burrows Paper Corporation
  • Family Service League
  • City of Chicago
  • U.S. Department of Justice

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • University of Delaware
  • New York University
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Cornell University

Meet the German faculty.

Hartwick’s expert German faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Wendell Frye
Professor of German
Ph.D., Indiana University
Areas of expertise:
Austrian culture and language, translation, Fulbright scholarship

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick German experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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