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Made in Germany and Land der Dichter und Denker are two of many possible associations that come to mind when one thinks of Germany and other German-speaking countries. Bauhaus, Buchdruck, Bundesliga – Germany has been a leader in many different areas of life such as architecture, engineering, science, and sports, to name a few. A founding member of the European Union and the largest national economy in Europe, the Germany of today has been described as a political, social, and economic powerhouse. Learning German opens doors for working in some of Europe’s most prominent cultural and political centers, and for learning other Germanic languages like Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, and Danish.

German is the gateway to a world-class higher education. The German language is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world. Many of the Western world’s most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are written in German and continue to be produced in German. Many important works of Western philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are written in German. Need more reasons to study German?

Why Study German?

Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter.
The German economy ranks #1 in Europe and #4 worldwide.
Germany is home to numerous international corporations.
Direct investment by Germany in the United States is over 10 billion dollars.

22 Nobel Prizes in Physics, 30 in Chemistry, and 25 in Medicine have gone to
scientists from the three major German-speaking countries, while many laureates
from other countries received their training in German universities.
Germans are world leaders in engineering.
German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world.

The German-speaking world has produced some of the most revered filmmakers of
the 20th century – from Fritz Lang to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and a
new generation of transnational directors such as Tom Tykwer and Fatih Akin.
German is the language of Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kafka, of Mann, Brecht, and
Grass. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler,
and Schoenberg spoke and wrote German, as did Freud, Weber, Einstein, and
Heisenberg, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger.

Course Offerings

If you have had prior training in German before entering Northeastern University, please contact the Program Coordinator, Prof. Carolin Fuchs at for a placement test.

Elementary courses:

  • GRMN 1101 – Elementary German 1
  • GRMN 1102 – Elementary German 2
  • GRMN 4992 (Customized Language Instruction)

Intermediate courses:

  • GRMN 2101 – Intermediate German 1
  • GRMN 2102 – Intermediate German 2
  • GRMN 2900 – Specialized Instruction in German
  • GRMN 4992 (Customized Language Instruction)

Advanced courses:

  • GRMN 3101 – Advanced German 1
  • GRMN 3102 – Advanced German 2
  • GRMN 3800 – Special Topics in German
  • GRMN 4992 (Customized Language Instruction)

Course Schedule

Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for a comprehensive list of current course offerings.

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