The study of a foreign language, literature, and culture has traditionally been a core component of a true liberal arts education. In today’s globalized world, this academic tradition has acquired a more urgent, practical dimension.
The German minor at Keene State College will familiarize you with historical and contemporary Germany and other German-speaking countries. It is designed to complement study in many other disciplines, such as film studies, management, English, history, Holocaust and genocide studies, music, and education. This minor provides students with an active command of written and spoken German and with a knowledge of historical and contemporary Germany.
Our courses encourage the highest levels of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, language skills, and multicultural awareness. Classes are small, usually no more than twenty students and often—especially at the upper levels—even smaller than that, which allows for plenty of interaction between the instructor and the students, opportunities for close collaboration between them, and time to actually use Spanish in the classroom. Language students have access to free tutoring to make sure they get the most out of their courses.
Everyone with a major or minor in a modern language is strongly encouraged to study abroad.
Studying abroad does not necessarily cost more than a semester in Keene, thanks to our direct exchange programs. German minors can study for a semester or a year in Austria at the University of Salzburg, at the Collegium Palatinum in Heidelberg, Germany or through other approved programs. Faculty in the Modern Languages Department work closely with staff in the Global Education Office to help students design individual programs in other locations as well.
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Career and Other Opportunities
Our graduates get jobs! The German minor provides the foundation for the active use of German in academic and professional fields such as:
- social work
- health services
- computer science
German minors at Keene State attain the competence in communication and gain broad cultural perspectives. They are better prepared to adapt to working with people from other cultures in an increasingly global economy, regardless of their field. German minors are strongly encouraged to study away, an experience students describe again and again as “life-changing.”
Continuing the cultural exchange that was developed a few years ago, the Keene State College Chamber Singers traveled to the City of Keene’s partner city of Einbeck, Germany, in May...
While Keene State College students were settling into their classroom seats for the second day of classes last Tuesday, Emily Orell, a junior architecture major from Westfield, MA, was settling...
In what was announced as an extremely close decision, Keene State German students took second prize at the annual German Theatre Festival and Competition in April. Their performance of excerpts...