Why Choose Nazareth for German?

The German degree program offers unique and flexible opportunities to immerse yourself in diverse aspects of German culture and to develop cross-cultural communication skills. We help you acquire high proficiency in the German language and engage in rigorous intellectual work on topics that cross liberal arts disciplines, to become an adept critical reader and thinker.

Our interconnected world requires a variety of tools and skills to succeed professionally. The German major supports Nazareth College’s mission to be a leader in global and international learning and engagement.

Nazareth in Berlin, our semester-long study abroad program, combines language acquisition, liberal arts study, and valuable internship experience and is open to majors and non-majors. Germany, with its neighbors Austria and Switzerland, boasts rich cultural and intellectual histories, from medieval chivalric culture to avant-garde poetry, from early industrial design to contemporary sustainable energy, and from Mozart’s Magic Flute to German-Turkish hip-hop. In such multifaceted study, you will gain invaluable insights into Germany’s political and economic roles in the world, its history, and its contemporary complexity.

Program Highlights

  • Fall semesters of language study and coursework in Berlin through Nazareth's Berlin Residential Program, in partnership with Studienform Berlin e.V. and Die Neue Schule.
  • Unique and competitive internship opportunities, facilitated by Studienforum Berlin, in diverse areas such as education, government, the arts, research, programming, music, and more.
  • A modern, flexible curriculum, individualized for students who pursue additional majors and/or minors.
  • Topic-based interdisciplinary coursework by faculty of diverse fields, in the study of literature, culture, art, music, film, philosophy, economics, political science.
  • Support and advisement for independent research and projects.
  • Opportunities to participate in and/or coordinate activities with Nazareth’s stellar German Club.
  • Individualized preparation for and advisement about post-baccalaureate study in Germany and in the U.S.
  • Access to Nazareth’s German Cultural Center, including a small but comfortable primary material resource room, library, and recreational spot (affectionately named “My Hogwarts”).

Contact Information

Lisa Cerami

Lisa Cerami

Lecturer in German in Foreign Languages & Literature
Golisano Academic Center 388
Jeri Beckens, alumna of the German major, German language degree program at Nazareth College, NY

Alumni Spotlight: Jeri Beckens '11

Recipient of U.S. Junior Fulbright Award

After earning this prestigious award, Jeri spent the year teaching English in Germany. The awards are presented by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

What is German worth?

Americans who learn German can expect to earn 3.8% more, which amounts to $128,000 in extra income over a lifetime, according to an article in The Economist magazine using analysis by Albert Saiz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist. Germany is a trade powerhouse, and knowing its language is economically valuable.

Example Careers

  • Bilingual professional
  • Government specialist
  • Teacher or professor
  • International careers
  • Writer or translator
  • Attorney

Internships/Field Experiences

  • United Nations Association of Rochester
  • Japanese-German Center, Berlin, Germany
  • Nelson Mandela International School, Berlin, Germany
  • Museum of the Allies, Berlin, Germany
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship abroad

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Duke University
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • New York State Assembly legislative offices
  • Brighton High School