Deutsch • German
Learning German provides access to a vibrant cultural heritage, including renowned literature, music, philosophy, and scientific advancements. Delving into the works of Goethe, Bach, Kant, and others in their original language enriches the understanding and appreciation of German culture. Germany is a leading global economy, and proficiency in German can significantly enhance career opportunities, particularly in industries such as engineering, automotive, technology, and finance. Additionally, Germany boasts a strong higher education system, with many prestigious universities offering a wide range of programs in various fields. Learning German not only opens doors to personal growth but also provides a gateway to engaging with a country known for its innovation, artistry, and influential role in European affairs.
For questions relating to German courses or advising guidance, please contact:
Dr. Nicole Thesz
Departmental Advisor for German
Irvin Hall 134
To declare German as a major or a minor, see the Lead Department Advisor (LDA) to sign up officially (this is a quick matter and requires only one short form to be filled out) as well as to review the requirements and set up a course plan. The LDA can also help you with plans for graduation, study abroad, graduate school, or career.
If this is a new language for you (i.e., no prior experience in this language), students should enroll in German 101 and do not need to take a placement exam or advisement evaluation.
If you have had previous experience or education in this language,you will need to take the German Placement Test first to see which level you should enroll in. Go to Miami's Foreign Language Placement test web site and select German for your language. Then select the number of years you have previously had learning German. If you have had 1/2 years, round up to the next whole year of previous experience. When you are finished with the test, you will receive a raw score and a suggested placement.
If you believe that the language placement is incorrect or have doubts about the placment, please talk to the language advisor, who would be able to interview you briefly and recommend a best placement based on your written, spoken, listening, literary, and cultural competence.
- Employ correct and appropriate grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and style to describe personalities, events, and ideas in the past, present, future, and hypothetical situations;
- Contextualize cultural information in a manner that reveals familiarity with past and present trends and differences between one’s native culture and those of the German-speaking world;
- Construct a persuasive argument intelligible to native speakers of the language;
- Locate, analyze, evaluate, summarize, integrate, synthesize, and cite information and ideas from sources typically used in German news media, scholarly publications, and professional types of writing in German;
- Apply the grammatical, rhetorical, and cultural competencies outlined above to the types of writing typically used in the graduates’ intended professions