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The department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures encompasses eight languages which are deemed of critical importance in today’s multicultural world. Development and cultivation of any of these languages may enhance your earning or hiring potential in any field of science or business. Fulfilling the Global Perspectives part of the Miami Plan requirements for graduation becomes much easier with a language as study abroad options become wide-open avenues for personal, and future career development. As you plan your collegiate life, we invite you to consider the taking one of the languages we offer.

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Dr. Noriko Reider's Latest Book Published

Book Cover Seven Demon StoriesIn Japanese culture, oni are ubiquitous supernatural creatures who play important roles in literature, lore, and folk belief. Characteristically ambiguous, they have been great and small, mischievous and dangerous, and ugly and beautiful over their long history. Here author Noriko Reider presents seven oni stories from medieval Japan in full and translated for an English-speaking audience.

Reider, concordant with many scholars of Japanese cultural studies, argues that to study oni is to study humanity. These tales are from an era in which many new oni stories appeared for the purpose of both entertainment and moral/religious edification and for which oni were particularly important, as they were perceived to be living entities. They reflect not only the worldview of medieval Japan but also themes that inform twenty-first-century Japanese pop and vernacular culture, including literature, manga, film, and anime. With each translation, Reider includes an introductory essay exploring the historical and cultural importance of the characters and oni manifestations within this period.

Seven Demon Stories from Medieval Japan offers new insights into and interpretations of not only the stories therein but also the entire genre of Japanese ghost stories.

Yes, humanities majors can become CEOs.

Christian Flores isn’t your typical college senior. At 23 years old, the Latin American studies major already has CEO on his résumé and is pursuing a career in corporate America.“People ask me, ‘Where is that degree going to take you?’” said Flores, a senior at Miami University. “I tell them, ‘Anywhere in the world.’”

Dr. Noriko Reider on NPR

Dr. Noriko Reider was recently on the radio on NPR's special series "The Changing Lives of Women." The October 28, 2015 episode is titled: "Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?" Take a listen!

Language Tables

Arab League Flag   Arabic Language Table
  To Be Announced

German Flag  Kaffee im King
  Every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in King Café (Lower level of King Library)

Japanese Flag  Japanese Language Table
  Every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in Upham Hall 163

Russian Flag  Russian Study Groups
  Contact Dr. Irina Goncharenko-Rose for information.

Student Profiles

  • Warren Merkel

    Warren Merkel[Back then] I sat in my parents’ house in Pennsylvania wondering where my BA in German might take me. Now, 20 years later, I’m amazed at all the stops along the way...

  • Casey Smitson

    Casey SmitsonMajoring in German and American Studies has taught me to analyze and think critically about different cultural trends and allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of both cultures.

  • Neal Stimler

    Neal StimlerMy studies in the Department, and especially the immersion program, lead to my first internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2005, where I cataloged German Expressionist prints in the museum's collection.

  • Brian Cash

    Brian Cash[I] didn’t become confident in my [language] skills until I returned from an exchange semester in Rosenheim, Bavaria during my fourth year. My remaining German courses were greatly benefited by this experience.

  • Adam Cook

    Adam CookIt was halfway into my second year when I realized that the part of the day that I enjoyed the most was my Japanese class. From then on I decided to take as many classes as I could to expand my knowledge of East Asia.

  • Virginia Cooper

    Virginia CooperFollowing one's passions will eventually pay off in many ways.

  • Glenn Danielson

    Glenn DanielsonMy degrees from Miami have given me the practical knowledge needed for my position in addition to preparing me to live and work in a foreign country.

  • Julia Hahn

    Julia HahnMiami’s [GRAMELAC] Department will not only challenge you but encourage you to go beyond coursework to reach fluency in your chosen foreign language.

  • Jeffrey Holbrook

    Jeff HolbrookThe faculty of [GRAMELAC] ignited in me a keen interest in German literature, from its origins to postwar works.

  • Keary Iarussi

    Keary IarussiThe breadth and depth of knowledge I received here is more than I could’ve asked for.

  • Shuwei Jiao

    Shuwei Jiao... [T]hanks to all the amazing professors at Miami, I was able to continue my study and accomplish another degree in German.

  • David Knowles

    David KnowlesI thoroughly enjoyed all my German classes and professors in the GREAL Department.  Miami University truly does have the best professors, and I can never thank them enough.

  • Jessica Lemond

    Jessica LemondThe Korean department only has one professor, which has been nice because I have gotten to know him very well.

  • Jay Malone

    Jay MaloneAfter graduating, I used my degree in English to start a career teaching my native tongue, a decision that ended up taking me across the world, from Iceland to Tajikistan. Incredibly, regardless of where I went, I always seemed to find some use for my German.

  • Perry Manross

    Perry Manross...the Miami Plan prescribed language aptitude. Since I didn’t have any, I picked German nearly arbitrarily. It turned out to be a very useful language.

  • Michelle Mego

    Michelle MegoWithin a couple months, I developed an intense fascination with language studies and changed my major immediately to East Asian Languages and Cultures.

  • Maria Moore

    Maria MooreI think it's very interesting to experience different lifestyles and compare them to my own, so International Studies is a good way for me to explore this passion and turn it into a career.

  • Amy Newman

    Amy Newman...my knowledge of German, especially technical German, was invaluable...

  • Christine Ostrosky

    Christine OstroskyI want to work for an international humanitarian organization or NGO.

  • Matthew Reed

    Matthew ReedMy experiences on the ground, interacting with the people of Iraq, are what sparked my interest in the Middle East and the Arabic language.

  • Cristina Rue

    Cristina RueWhen looking back at some of my best personal and professional decisions, attending Miami University is always at the top of my list.

  • Colin J. Sexton

    Colin J. SextonStudying German at Miami University allowed me to continue to develop my passion for the German language and culture.

  • Natalie Brooke Soto

    Natalie Brooke SotoWhen I arrived at Miami University … I had no idea just how much my life would change and how much I would learn.  And I owe a great deal of that to the German department at Miami.

  • Meredith Leland Theelen

    Meredith Leland TheelenI came to discover more about myself and who I wanted to be as a world citizen.

  • Taylor Valley

    Taylor ValleyI received a scholarship and take Russian lessons twice a week. This is my favorite program within the Russian department because it encourages us to attend related lectures and become more active in it.

  • Sara Wenger

    Sara WengerMiami allowed me to take advantage of numerous departments, including [GRAMELAC], to create an undergraduate experience that was deeply personalized and current.

  • Maura Wenk

    Maura WenkStudying German at Miami has opened up countless opportunities for me after graduation and shaped my aspirations for the future.

  • Katherine Youngkin

    Katherine YoungkinDuring my time at Miami, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad twice.

  • Christina Zielke

    Christina ZielkeI've learned many concrete things at Miami, but the most important thing was how to work with people and develop an intercultural relationship.