Studying German at Penn State Behrend
Courses meeting the 12-credit language requirement
- German 1 (4 credits) taught every fall semester
- German 2 (4 credits) taught every spring semester
- German 3 (4 credits) taught every fall semester
- Terrell, Tschirner, Nikolai: Kontakte. A Communicative Approach. Eighth Edition (package textbook and workbook) McGraw Hill. (Available at the bookstore and on reserve in the library.)
Note: The textbook and the workbook will be used for three semesters in German 1–3.
- German 1: Kontakte, A & B, Chapters 1–4
- German 2: Kontakte, Chapters 5–9
- German 3: Kontakte, Chapters 10–12
All German language classes are taught with a communicative approach that means we will learn a structure and immediately use it in German. Tricky concepts will be explained in English, but otherwise we will communicate in German—Auf Deutsch—from day one! Oral interviews, cultural projects, and essay writing are part of German 1–German 3.
German Studies Certificate
The 15-credit German Studies Certificate is designed for students who wish to specialize in interdisciplinary German Studies by acquiring advanced German language skills and taking courses in culture, film, history, literature, music, or politics of the German-speaking countries. In-depth knowledge of the German-speaking countries prepares students for a global workforce and careers in international business, engineering, finance, politics, or the sciences.
Language courses for the German Studies Certificate
- German 3 - level 3, 4 credits, offered every fall
- German 201 - level 4, 4 credits, offered on demand in the spring (GN/GHW), GH, GS, GA
- German 301 - level 5, 3 credits, offered on demand in the fall
- Students with an AP score of 3 place into German 201. Credit is awarded for German 1–3.
- Students with an AP score of 4 place into German 301.
- Students with an AP score of 5 place into German 302W, currently not offered at Behrend.
A German minor must be completed at the University Park campus. Students interested in pursuing a German major need to request an early Change of Campus.
Study Abroad in Germany/Austria
Students interested in studying abroad are eligible for all Penn State Global Programs. In the past, students of German have studied in Berlin, Freiburg, Marburg, Rosenheim, and Pforzheim. Students also have been awarded a fully funded DAAD RISE fellowship to the University of Tübingen (summer 2009), a (Cultural Vistas-fellowship to Berlin (summer 2016), and two U.S. Teaching Assistantships to Bad Hofgastein (AY 2014-15) and Vienna, Austria (AY 2019-20 and AY 2020-21).
All students interested in taking German at Behrend and especially those with placement questions can reach Dr. Eva Kuttenberg via email at [email protected]. She is also happy to meet with you while fall and spring classes are in session.
Viel Glück und viel Spaß mit Deutsch!