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German

The German program at R-MC combines a variety of courses and major options. In our courses we stress communicative skills, develop critical thinking, and emphasize that knowledge of German increase your chances of a fascinating career in the contemporary global market. To this end we encourage the study of German-speaking cultures through its language, literature, film, art, music, intellectual, and political history, and sciences.

Our curriculum is further enriched by our semester and yearlong study abroad programs in Marburg where students encounter German culture firsthand. Finally, through Foreign Language in Translation (FLET) courses and a January term travel course to locations such as Vienna, Berlin, and Istanbul, students engage with some of the most important representatives of the cultures of Germany, Austria, and Switerland. These courses include perspectives of renowned German film directors, Nobel Prize winning authors, scientists, and philosophers as well as on topics such as on German-Jewish identity and the cultural contributions of ethnic minorities in Europe.

Furthermore, the program offers and encourages a broad range of cultural opportunities such as the study abroad program in Marburg, SURF projects, and independent study, as well as extra-curricular activities and holiday parties (for more information see our calendar of events).

Did You Know That...

  • German is the largest language spoken in the European Union (with 90 million speakers) but also the second most commonly used scientific language.
  • German has the second most entries on Wikipedia following those written in English.
  • Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
  • German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach, and Lang. Indulge in reading, listening, viewing to their works in their original language.
  • Knowledge of German is very practical and increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad.