GERMAN

I. The Importance of German
II. Career Opportunities
III. German at Centenary
IV. Study-Abroad Opportunities

I. The Importance of German

    International perspectives are increasingly important in the United States. In trade, culture, political relations, world affairs and security, travel, and numerous other areas the United States is more and more committed in an interdependent world.

    Occupying the very center of Europe, the German-speaking peoples have for centuries played a crucial role in European and world affairs, a role involving them in many ways with the United States. The cultural ties between the United States and German-speaking Europe span centuries and are as varied as the musical themes heard in symphony halls, the literature and philosophy that help shape our lives, the architecture of our communities and societies. Even our scientific and technological achievements are interrelated.

    At the same time, the United States is experiencing a shortfall of interculturally trained individuals capable of functioning successfully in the new world environment. This shortfall is especially crucial for relations with the German-speaking areas of Europe. The generation involved in immediate post-World War II relations with Europe is retiring from public and academic life. Existing university programs are not yet producing adequate replacements, even as the challenge to train individuals to compete successfully in international business and politics is growing. Although English is widely used in international communication, intercultural competence and the ability to speak foreign languages are essential for deeper mutual understanding and for the development of lasting relationships, both personal and professional.

II. Career Opportunities

    Career opportunities exist in business, industry, and commerce, in government and international organizations, in education, library science, physical and social sciences, law, media, travel and tourism, health services, social work, religious organizations, interpreting and translating. Results of surveys on the importance of the German language in the German-American Business Community in the U.S. have shown that it is a clear benefit to speak German. German language skills are considered as "very valuable" and are seen to "enhance the value of the international side of the companies". Knowledge of German is especially very important in the field of Management. Often times German language capabilities are a "very significant issue for key managerial positions". German language proficiency is also seen as very important for the fields of Marketing/Sales and Secretarial activities.

III. German at Centenary

    German at Centenary is proficiency-oriented. Students will learn how to speak, understand, read, and write German--inside and outside the classroom. They have the chance to become free from the provincialism of the present and develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures.

IV. Study-Abroad Opportunities

    Centenary offers an Intercultural Module to Germany. This module provides students with intensive exposure to German language, culture, and everyday life over a period of three weeks in Bremen, Germany. They can take classes with students of the "Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium." Room and board are provided by German host families. Trips to various German cities are included. Fluency in German is not a requirement.

    Centenary also offers a semester or year long exchange program with the prestigious Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Students can fulfill their Intercultural Experience and/or Service Learning requirements, while earning credits toward graduation.

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