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Fast Facts: German

  • German courses promote the synthesis of all four communication skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing — emphasizing active use of the language within the context of daily life.  
  • The German language is taught as a key component of intercultural competence; students gain understanding of modern German-speaking society and German cultural heritage through interaction with native speakers and exposure to German songs, film and poetry.
  • German courses help students to perfect the college requirement of second language proficiency and become clear and effective communicators
  • A German minor complements majors in global, cultural and language studies, nursing, history, philosophy and many other fields of study.
  • Through the CSS Leipzig Exchange, students have the opportunity to visit the thriving cultural center of Leipzig, Germany, for a two-week immersion experience (visit for more information).
  • They then have the chance to welcome their German peers from Leipzig to the U.S. during their annual reciprocal visits to Duluth.

Program Requirements

Minor: 20 credits 
Participation in Study Abroad program

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  • "Getting my German minor was an awesome experience. The small class sizes and individual attention allowed me to focus on learning German language and culture as it fit my interests. It was an integral part of my education, and has enriched my future pursuits with a global perspective.

    – Josh Lehn, ‘12