David Thompson (department head), Ruth Kath (section head), Sören Steding (Münster program director)
Required for a major: Thirty-two hours, starting at 201 or above, including GER 202; GER 345 or 346; Ger 450, 460 or 470; language immersion experience; a senior project (unless this is completed in another major); an oral proficiency examination in German. Writing requirement completed with GER 450, 460, or 470. Students interested in teaching should see the education department for secondary education minor requirements.
Required for a minor: No fewer than 18 hours, including GER 202, and one course above 300; language immersion experience; an oral proficiency examination in German.
Required for a second teaching area: See education department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.
Language immersion experience: For majors, a minimum of one semester of academic study in a country where German is an official language. For minors, at least one January Term (or a similar program) of academic study in such a country, although a semester is strongly recommended. Those preparing to teach must spend at least one semester of academic study in such a country. Program selection must be approved by the department for all majors and minors prior to departure. Luther College offers a semester program in Münster, Germany, every other year (2014, 2016). However, other programs may also fulfill this requirement.
After having fulfilled the study-abroad requirement, all majors who are enrolled in on-campus courses for at least one semester are required to complete a 4-hour course in German. Consult with department for details on petition procedure for alternative ways of satisfying this requirement. All minors are strongly urged to help maintain and advance their language skills by completing courses in German during their final semesters at Luther.
Language Learning Center
The department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has a Language Learning Center in Main Building. Language students have access to computerized language learning materials, to computers with audio and video editing software, and to video study rooms where they may view prerecorded foreign language videos and DVDs or watch live international TV. The Languages Learning Center also houses the department's Foreign Language Media Library with over 800 foreign language films and a selection of leisure reading books and audio books for language learners. Students can check out these materials as well as audio and video equipment for their class assignments. The Language Learning Center also provides language students with valuable work-study experiences related to their interest in languages.