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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.

Congratulations to the GRAMELAC 2016 Awards Recipients!

Image of A Blue RibbonThe Department of GRAMELAC has had a bountiful year of excellent student accomplishments and awards! We are pleased to announce this year's award recipients. Check them out and congratulate our students when you see them in the halls and around campus!

News and Announcements

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
  Every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 8:15pm in Irvin Hall 142

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 Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in Upham Hall 226

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

What Students Are Saying...

  • Neal Stimler

    "My 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."
  • Maura Wenk

    "Studying German at Miami has opened up countless opportunities for me after graduation and shaped my aspirations for the future."
  • Colin J. Sexton

    "Studying German at Miami University allowed me to continue to develop my passion for the German language and culture."

  • Shuwei Jiao

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

    "After 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."

  • David Knowles

    "I 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."
  • Katherine Youngkin

    "During my time at Miami, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad twice."
  • Jessica Lemond

    "The Korean department only has one professor, which has been nice because I have gotten to know him very well."
  • Christine Ostrosky

    "I want to work for an international humanitarian organization or NGO."

  • Matthew Reed

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

  • Casey Smitson

    "Majoring 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."

  • Keary Iarussi

    "The breadth and depth of knowledge I received here is more than I could’ve asked for."
  • Taylor Valley

    "I 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."

  • Maria Moore

    "I 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."
  • Adam Cook

    "It 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."
  • Glenn Danielson

    "My 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

    "Miami’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

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

  • 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

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

  • Amy Newman

    "...my knowledge of German, especially technical German, was invaluable..."

  • Cristina Rue

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

  • Natalie Brooke Soto

    "When 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

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

  • Sara Wenger

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

  • Christina Zielke

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