German

Program Features

At Xavier, language students learn through authentic cultural materials, exploring the rich cultural heritage of Germany and the role of German-speaking populations in European and Global culture, society, and markets.

Students are prepared in all aspects of the German language through a strategic, interdisciplinary fashioned curriculum designed to cover all the bases, which builds upon themselves every year of the program. As a result, German graduates develop skills that translate anywhere their future takes them.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the German major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • German 201............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • GERMAN 202............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspective............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • GERMAN 300............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Elective............ 3cr.
  • GERMAN 205: Literature and Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Fall

  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Elective............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • GERMAN Elective............ 3cr.
  • Senior Project............ 1cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the German major at Xavier:

German Conversation (GERM 302) -A course designed for the development of speaking and listening skills through active participation by students. Discussions and activities are based on contemporary issues. This course is taught entirely in German.

German Composition (GERM 303) -The goal of this course is the development of both formal and informal writing skills within a cultural or literary framework. Types of writing include among others journal entries, letters, summaries and analyses of texts and audio materia. This course is taught entirely in German.

Advanced Business German (GERM 316) -This course offers an in-depth exposure to the spoken and written language of the German-speaking business world: formalities and conventions of business correspondence, Lebenslauf,business in the media, conference terms and codes of behavior, abbreviation usage in the corporate world, documents relating to forms of enterprises and their financing, taxes, reports on the economics of German-speaking countries, and simulations of business situations. This course is taught entirely in German.

German History and Civilization (GERM 340) -This overview of the history and culture of the German speaking world offers an introduction into the socio-political, economic and philosophical issues from 800A.D. to the present. This content based advanced German course is intended to sharpen the oral and written communication skills of the students as well as deepen their knowledge of Central European history and thought. This course is taught entirely in German.

Clubs

German Club

Club members organize trips to area restaurants where German food is served, participate in the 'Oktoberfest Zinzinnati' Opening Parade, attend 'Volksmaersche', 'Christkindlmarkt', and other events. Club leaders support core-level students through conversation tables and tutoring. Recent programs include guided tours of Cincinnati's historically German neighborhood, Over the Rhine, and cultural events at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Citizens of the World

Students in this club organize events that showcase the different cultures at Xavier. Students get to know each other and experience new cultures, languages and customs.

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Outcomes

100% of students from Xavier's Language and International Affairs programs, including German, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Field Organizer, District Executive, Field Director, Government Affairs, Immersion Program Coordinator, Market Researcher

Top Companies: Government, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Cincinnati Public Schools, Loyalty 360, VIA Catholic, Medpace, Boy Scouts of America

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Personal Attention

Small class sizes allow students to ask the right questions and get the attention needed to succeed and learn. On top of that, our Career Services mentoring program connects students with professionals for networking and job support.


Beyond Linguistics

Get a better understanding of the language by joining the German club, enjoying international film festivals and attending regular lunch conversation tables with native German speakers.


Program Details

Study Abroad

Students travel to Germany for a semester or yearlong study abroad program. They also travel to Austria or Germany during the summer for short-term study abroad programs.


Education Abroad Details

German Major at Xavier University

The programs for majors in German, French, and Spanish offered by the Department of Modern Languages provide an opportunity for the development of proficiency in the spoken and written language, as well as a study of the literature and culture in areas where the language is spoken. Students are encouraged to combine a modern language major with a second major or a related minor. Undergraduates who wish to be licensed as teachers of French, German, or Spanish are advised to consult with the department education coordinator and with the School of Education regarding specific requirements for language teacher licensure.

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