Why Choose Nazareth for German?

The German major at Nazareth College is not simply about conjugating verbs or sitting in language labs. It is an immersive experience in the culture, literature, art, and people of Germany.

Nazareth's German language program gives students the tools to speak the language, engage productively in the global marketplace, and interact culturally on today's international stage. Students learn through multiple platforms, including a state-of-the-art language lab, online language learning, videos and films, literature and culture, and of course study abroad to Germany's capital, Berlin. 

While in Berlin, students participate in internships, and many elect to add a second semester in Germany or Austria. Those focused on international business take courses to prepare for the exam Zertifikat Deutsch fur den Beruf at Nazareth, under a specific license by Germany's Goethe Institut.

Program Highlights

  • One or two semesters of study in Berlin or at a German University and/or the Goethe Institute through the study abroad at the College's Berlin Residential Program, which is part of the College Consortium for International Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • Visits to the German Cultural Center to learn more about German speaking cultures.
  • Biennial group study tours to Europe for college credit.
  • Internship programs at Rochester corporations and businesses that are either German-owned or have international ties to develop international business skills.
  • International German Business Exams available at Nazareth College: Zertifikat Deutsch fur den Beruf; Prufung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International.
  • On campus German Cultural Center where students can study for exams, collaborate in group projects and discussions, attend events, and access German media such as German satellite TV and current German language magazines.

Typical Class Schedule


Contact Information

Lisa Cerami

Lisa Cerami

Visiting Assistant Professor of 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.

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