Experience the past; join the future
Willkommen! Students who enter the German program at Franklin & Marshall College become part of a legacy that stretches back more than two centuries—many of the school's founders were German scholars from the University of Halle.
Germany's status today as the largest economy in Europe, a top export nation, and an innovator in environmental technologies make the study of German in the twenty-first century an excellent decision for our times.
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania German country, Franklin & Marshall College offers a unique setting for learning German in North America. Our proximity to Amish standholders in Lancaster's Central Market, to the historic Ephrata Cloister, and to the school's own exquisite holdings in Pennsylvania German art make this an ideal laboratory for the study of German-American culture and a fitting jumping-off place for study abroad. Whether you come to Franklin & Marshall with a background in German or you wish to begin your study of it here, we have something to offer you.
Our courses stress speaking, listening, reading and writing skills while introducing students to the culture, history, and literature of German-speaking Europe, past and present. We offer small classes, encouraging a highly interactive, discussion-based mode of instruction. Students who study abroad build on their existing skills in German to profit from an in-country immersion experience. A large number of our majors have parlayed their study of German into rewarding careers in and outside of academics.
"Wer eine fremde Sprache nicht spricht, versteht seine eigene nicht." "Whoever does not speak a foreign language does not understand his own." —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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