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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.

2017 Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the students of GRAMELAC who received awards this academic year! A summary of the 2017 Awards Ceremony and Photos from the ceremony are now available. For additional photos, please contact the Department Office Manager, Ms. Juanita Schrodt.

News and Announcements

Students Surprise with Hanukkah Sweaters

Students wearing Hanukkah sweatersFive of the Hebrew class HBW 101 (Viv, Magan, Yoni, Yael and Rachel) decided to surprise their Hebrew teacher by coming to their final exam wearing special, hand decorated sweatshirts. They all self decorated their sweatshirts in the spirit of the coming Hanukkah, or some Hebrew class jokes. This was done as part of the Hillel Hanukkah Ho-down that was held a few nights prior.  Happy Hanukkah to all!

Congratulations to Gilman and Freeman-ASIA Award Winners

Congratulations to Miami University students who have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships funded by the U.S. Department of State to help fund their study abroad experiences this coming spring: 

  • Rachel Reeves (Political Science, East Asian Languages and Culture) will spend spring semester in Chengdu, China with the USAC Chinese Language and Culture program.
  • Meghan Shaughnessy (Accounting, Japanese) will participate in Miami University's exchange program at Doshisha University in Japan.

These students are part of the 850 American undergraduates selected from over 2,700 applicants for the Spring 2017 Gilman Scholarship Program. Rachel and Meghan have also received scholarships from Freeman-ASIA, a program administered by the Institute for International Education and funded by the Freeman Foundation to increase the number of undergraduate students studying abroad in Asia. CONGRATULATIONS!

Delta Phi Alpha Initiates New Members

Fall 2016 Delta Phi Alpha Group Initiation PhotoDelta Phi Alpha, the German Honorary, recently initiated several new members. Contratulations to Deborah Cornett, Neal Hawkins, Ryan Pettit, Allison Van Twisk, and Jay Yeager. Pictured in the photo: l. to r.: Yeager, Travis Collins, George Beverley (1968 initiate), Pettit, Cornett, John M. Jeep (faculty advisor), Van Twisk, Dan Richardson, and Hawkins.

Language Tables

Arab League Flag   Arabic Language Table
  Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Irvin Hall 124

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

Japanese Flag  Japanese Language Table
  Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in Upham Hall 365

Russian Flag  Russian Study Groups
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm-7:00pm in Irvin Hall 118
  Contact Dr. Irina Goncharenko-Rose for information.

Student Profiles

  • Nicole Smith

    Nicole SmithMy current career path seems far removed from German, but I know that if I had not completed a German minor I would not be where I am.

  • 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.