German Minor

Sample Courses

  • Intermediate Grammar, Culture, and Communication
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Written Expression

Popular Electives

  • Austrian Cultural History
  • German Civilization
  • German-Jewish Literature
  • Selected Topics in German Literatures and Cultures

Recent Internships

  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (one-year internship in Germany)
  • Fulbright: Austria Community-Based Combined Award
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (Fulbright ETA)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE Program (internships in science laboratories in Germany)
  • US Teaching Assistantships in Austria

Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Fadlaoui '22

Majors: History, Adolescence Education

Minor: German

Career: “German gives students a ton of opportunities! I recently received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to Germany and will spend a year assisting in English as a Second Language. I plan to go to graduate school when I return and get certified in teaching the German language.”

German Minor

Why study German at Geneseo?

German is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, as a primary language in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, a second language throughout the European Union, and often in Asian and African countries. It is a language of business, culture, literature, and science.

A minor in German will broaden cultural and professional horizons, improve communication skills, expand language proficiency, and enhance interactions with native and heritage speakers.


Program Options

Program Highlights

  • Civilization, literature, and linguistics courses focus on diverse societies, highlighting their history, traditions, and challenges.
  • Geneseo’s German students have received numerous national scholarships and stipends, such as Fulbright, Congress-Bundestag, and German Academic Exchange (DAAD) awards.
  • Graduates have gone on to earn doctorates or gain employment in fields from consulate work to sustainability to public policy.

Example Careers

  • Bilingual Professional
  • ESL Teacher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator
  • Travel Writer

Recent Employers

  • Austrian Consulate
  • Fair Trade USA
  • Rochester Public Schools
  • Veolia North America

Recent Grad Schools

  • Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Columbia University
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison

Contact Info

Cynthia Klima, Associate Professor of German, Slavic, and the Humanities
Welles Hall 206C

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