Foreign language programs
Your language study at Northwestern will include cross-cultural opportunities around the world and outside your door as you learn about breaking through barriers. In addition to spending a semester abroad, you might accompany professors as they translate in the courtroom or hospital.
(Satisfies state teaching endorsement requirements in German. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.)
|Semester Abroad (through an approved program) 15 credits*
|GER 102 - Beginning German Language and Culture
(3 credits) Instruction in the German language and enhanced cognitive skills and insight into another culture. Classes foster communicative competence by emphasizing speaking, listening, reading and writing. Building on previously acquired ability in German, students acquire the linguistic and cultural fluency necessary for basic communication in a German speaking country. Prerequisite: GER101, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.
|GER 201 - Intermediate German Language and Culture
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Language and Culture) An intermediate course in German language and culture, German 201 continues the sequence begun by German 101 and 102. After a review of grammar and vocabulary, students will augment their knowledge of German by practicing the four language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening. In addition to the textbook, students will be exposed to primary sources including news media, film and short stories. Special attention will be given to developing conversational skills and exploring differences between American and German culture. Prerequisite: GER102, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.
|GER 202 - Intermediate German Language and Culture
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Intermediate-level instruction in German language and culture. Study of primary sources such as short stories, newspapers, songs and movies to explore German culture and increase linguistic ability. Special emphasis on conversation, reading and idiomatic expression. Prerequisite: GER201, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.
|Total credits required: 24
*Semester abroad course work must include at least one course in advanced German grammar and/or structure; one course in advanced conversation and/or phonetics; one course in German civilization and/or literature; and if applicable, German elective credits.
- Those students who place beyond GER102 on the language placement exam will fulfill the 24-credit requirement through additional credits abroad and/or CLEP examinations.
- Upon returning from the semester abroad program, students will complete a capstone paper contrasting their own culture with that of the country in which they studied and complete an oral interview with the German professor.