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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, allowing for plenty of interaction between instructor and students, opportunities for close collaboration, and time to actually use German in the classroom. Language students have access to free tutoring to make sure they get the most out of their courses.

Program Options

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 at KSC, 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. There are also scholarships available from Germany to study at a university or the Goethe Institute for the summer.

Contact Dr. White for more details.

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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:

  • education
  • business
  • economics
  • government
  • social work
  • health services
  • art
  • literature
  • philosophy
  • engineering
  • 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.”

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☎ 603-358-2276
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435