Our entire curriculum supports the study of the German language within its European and global cultural and historical contexts and is adapted to the individual student’s background, style, and pace of learning. To facilitate such learning, our department creatively employs the use of technology throughout its curriculum, from elementary courses to advanced seminars. Technology, moreover, serves several learning goals: students acquire marketable skills in learning how to create substantive multimedia projects; students with certain learning styles may improve their comprehension by specific types of media use, and accessibility is afforded other students who could otherwise not participate in classes. In addition, all our courses focus on developing critical reading, speaking, and writing skills. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College's learning goals and the German Studies department's learning goals. For detailed information regarding credits or courses for the major and minor see the German Studies section of the course catalog

Courses and Requirements 

See the German Studies chapter of the course catalog >

Global Business Nexus

Economic life is increasingly impacted by the forces of globalization. Becoming knowledgeable about the contemporary cooperate world, the role of global markets, and debates about appropriate regulation and long-term implications. Explore the tools of the corporate leadership, the sociology of organizations, and models of regulation through the Global Business Nexus. Pursue internships with national or international for-profit corporations.

Teacher Licensure in German Studies

(Grades 5-12)
Students interested in teaching German can combine a major in German studies with a minor in education. See the Department of Psychology and Education’s Teacher Licensure Program and Sandra Lawrence in the Psych/Ed department for more information.

The teacher licensure programs at Mount Holyoke enable students to apply for a Massachusetts (and NASDTEC Interstate Contract) "initial" license.

Students interested in pursuing licensure in the field of German studies can combine their coursework in German studies with a minor in education. In some instances coursework in the major coincides with coursework required for licensure; in other cases, it does not. For specific course requirements for licensure within the major of German studies, please consult your advisor or Donna Van Handle, teacher licensure liaison, in the German studies department.

Licensure also requires a formal application as well as passing scores on the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) in both the literacy component and the subject matter component. Copies of the test objectives for the MTEL are available in the German studies department and in the Department of Psychology and Education. Information and materials about the Licensure application are available on the Teacher Licensure Program website.