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?
Wirtschaftskraft 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.
Wissenschaft 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.
Film 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.
If you have had prior training in German before entering Northeastern University, please contact the Program Coordinator, Prof. Carolin Fuchs at firstname.lastname@example.org for a placement test.