About the program

German is the language of three major cultural and financial hubs-Austria, the fourth richest country in the European Union; Switzerland, home of the majestic Alps; and of course Germany, the second largest exporter in the world. Roanoke's German minor provides excellent preparation for students who wish to work and study in German-speaking areas.   

Why study German at Roanoke?

Skills. Students from many academic backgrounds can enhance their studies and career goals with German language skills.

Connections. German is the language of internationally acclaimed writers, philosophers, scientists, musicians, theologians, psychologists and artists. It is also the language of the foremost European business center.

Chart your course. German students actively explore the world through travel, with options ranging from intensive three-week travel courses to semester or year abroad programs.  

Explore German firsthand

International travel and independent study offer students the chance to gain extraordinary real-world and research experiences while developing their German language skills. Learn more.  

Study abroad

What's next?

Work. The German minor is an excellent match for students with a variety of academic interests and career goals. Recent modern language graduates are working both domestically and abroad as attorneys, physicians, financial advisors, teachers and analysts. 

Graduate studies Modern language graduates have recently gone on to advanced studies at leading universities in law, medicine, international relations, international development, speech language pathology, community development and planning, counselor education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  

Courses in German

Program requirements

German minor

Faculty

Prof. Barbara Hassell
Lecturer
Lucas Hall 226
540-375-2555
hassell@roanoke.edu
Dr. James Ogier Dr. James Ogier
Professor
Lucas Hall 206
540-375-2388
ogier@roanoke.edu
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Studying in Bern, Switzerland was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found a place where I could study my major while still learning about the many different facets of my minor, German.... It was incredible being able to go out and discover how to speak and live life Swiss style. I had many opportunities to travel around the country and experience the difference in people, language, and culture -- not to mention the amazing food! I made best friends from all over the world and am still in contact with them today, and the support from Roanoke made the overall transition much easier. Leaving was without a doubt bittersweet. I had so many adventures, and learned so much in Switzerland.

-- Laura Fredell

 

 
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