German & the European Union
- 1/4 of the residents in the European Union speak German as their mother tongue
- 1/3 of European Union citizens say they can converse in German.
Thinking of majoring in Business??? Did you know that German and Germany . . .
- rank 12th in world in terms of number of people who speak the language
- rank third when measured in terms of GNP ($1,090 billion), behind only English & Japanese.
- have the world’s third largest economy.
- produce more than one quarter of the European Union’s gross domestic product.
- are among the world’s largest exporters & largest importers
- rank high in quality for their motor vehicles and industrial systems, chemicals and electronic devices.
- sell their products in virtually all of the world’s countries.
- Many former Eastern Bloc countries use German to communicate.
German-speakers & Americans: Creating the right impression
- Willy Brandt, former German chancellor, once said: “If I’m selling to you, I speak your language. If I’m buying, dann müssen Sie Deutsch sprechen.”
German & Job prospects
- Many American firms have subsidiaries in Europe! Learning German is a smart career move. (German-based firms include: Daimler-Chrysler, BASF, Bayer, Hoechst, BMW, Siemens, Volkswagen, many others.)
German & Academic Research
- German is the second most commonly used language in which to write a work of scientific research – especially engineering, chemistry & physics.
- More than 40% of American scientists recommend their students should learn German.
German & Culture
- Literature (Goethe, Schiller, Thomas Mann, Kafka)
- Classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart)
- Art (Kollwitz, Dürer, Klee, Kaninsky)
- Psychology (Freud, Jung)
- Philosophy (Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno)
- Science (Einstein, Kepler, Röntgen, Planck, Virchow)
German & Tourism
- Get to know the people rather than just conversing in English with your tour-guide!
The CORE language requirement and beyond!
- The German Section participates in the University CORE curriculum by offering all levels of language instruction, from elementary through advanced.
- Courses in German language, culture and literature may fulfill additional core requirements.
EXAMPLES OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES FOR GERMAN MINORS:
- International Business
- Educational Certification
- World Language Teacher and Licensure Information
- IBLC program – International Business with Language and Culture
- Be a German minor, in conjunction with any major offered at JCU!
Learning German is not as hard as you think!
- German & English belong to the same West Germanic language family and. . .
- share thousands of similar words & phrases, particularly in terms of computer, telecommunications & medical vocabulary.
MORE at JCU!
- For more information, see the JCU German web page.