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German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

The Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures encompasses six languages that 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 taking one of the languages we offer.

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Our Programs

The Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures offers three majors, five minors, and several interdepartmental majors and minors (shared between departments or in which GRAMELAC courses qualify for credit towards a major/minor). Many of our courses satisfy Miami Plan requirements and College of Arts and Science requirements toward graduation. Outstanding students in German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese are invited by the faculty to participate in our departmental honors program. We offer a wide range of courses, reaching from introductory language classes to intensive study courses on specific topics of interest. Students should check the course listings regularly since offerings rotate and faculty frequently adapt their content.

Department Honors

If you are a major in German, REEES, or EALC with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (in both of your major courses and overall), you may be invited into the department honors program. Invitation is by the department chair, the Chief Departmental Advisor, and a sponsoring faculty member in your major. The honors project is a one semester independent reading and research project in the senior year, capped by an oral and written presentation. The honors project is done in addition to the other major requirements. Success completion and acceptance by the faculty will result in a transcript notation of "Graduated with Department Honors."

The current courses that quality for department honors are:

  • CHI 480 - Departmental Honors
  • GER 480 - Departmental Honors
  • JPN 480 - Departmental Honors
  • RUS 480 - Departmental Honors

Department honors may be taken for a minimum of three semester hours and a maximum total of six semester hours in senior year. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department required.

Our Resources for Students

Immerse Yourself and Study Abroad

The Department offers an array of education abroad options and programs throughout Europe and Asia. Workshops and Education Abroad programs in Winter and Summer Terms are run by Miami faculty in Germany, Japan, Oman, and the United Arab Emerites. The Office of Global Initiatives offers education abroad programs and workshops, and their office affiliates with many reputable organizations and companies to give Miami students the opportunity to study anywhere in the world.

Discover Our Resources for Your Time at Miami and Beyond

We don't just work with students in the day-to-day academic world, but we prepare them for their future. Students have access to many valuable resources with Miami's Center for Career Exploration and Success. Miami works with many international companies to procure internships and experiential learning, which will enhance your critical thinking, research skills, communication abilities, and further develop your knowledge of the career paths of recent graduates in Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.

While at Miami, students can take advantage of hundreds of extracurricular organizations and clubs, several of which are specialized for the language you want to learn!

Learn about our department scholarships and how they can help you with an education abroad program!


Give to the Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Help us prepare the next generation of leaders. We have numerous scholarships, grants, and programs accepting contributions from donors like you.


Contact the Department

Irvin Hall South Entrance

Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Irvin Hall 172
400 East Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056-3645
United States
(513) 529-2526

Dr. Mila Ganeva, Chair
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