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Minor in German at Norwich and enrich any degree you pursue.

German is the mother tongue of about 100 million Germans, Austrians, and Swiss. Historically, it has been a leading language of the natural sciences, psychology, philosophy, political theory, poetry, prose and drama. Germany is the world’s third-largest economy, second-largest exporter, and second-largest donor of development aid. Germany hosts the strongest concentration of American investments in Europe, while German companies employ 780,000 people in the U.S.

The German program at Norwich includes beginning and intermediate courses followed by a cycle of six survey courses. Some focus on cultural and political history, while others survey German, Austrian and Swiss literature. Courses are conducted in German, and open to students who have completed the intermediate German year.

Coursework is supplemented by weekly lunch-hour screenings of German films. There are drill sessions with assistant teachers two evenings a week for beginning students. Once a week, there is the informal Stammtisch — an hour of lunch and conversation (auf Deutsch, natürlich!) in the dining hall.

Students who have completed the intermediate level can participate in study-abroad programs in Germany or Austria, usually during the fall semester of their senior year. Exceptional students in the Corps of Cadets may be eligible for the ongoing student exchange with Universität der Bundeswehr, the German military university.

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    The German program at Norwich offers instruction in German language, culture and literature. The minor in German consists of six courses at the intermediate level or higher. Beginning and intermediate German courses focus on building a solid foundation in the language, while courses beyond the intermediate level offer a broad overview of German (and Austrian and Swiss) cultural history, literature, business practices, and cinema. The academic program is augmented by extra-curricular activities that include weekly film viewings, German table lunches, peer tutoring, and the German Club. Students are also encouraged to study abroad. Norwich maintains a student exchange with campuses of the German military university, Die Universität der Bundeswehr, in Hamburg and Munich. Students may also study for a semester at CityLab, Norwich's own program in Berlin. The foreign language placement test is required before the student registers for a first course in the program.

    Our program aims to provide students with a firm foundation in spoken and written German, an overview of German political, cultural and literary history, and firsthand knowledge of today's German-speaking world.

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    To view German course offerings and a curriculum map for minors, see the Norwich University academic course catalog:

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