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With an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in German from Normandale, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the German language and culture, and you’ll study foundational courses like college writing, math, and communications as part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. 

When you graduate, you can easily transfer to one of seven Minnesota State universities where you’ll enter as a junior and can pursue your bachelor’s degree.  

Where Will the German Language Take You?

When you start your journey in German here — you’ll get an affordable, flexible, and personalized program. You’ll develop a solid foundation in written and spoken German, along with a deeper understanding of German culture.   

An AA degree focusing on German opens doors to a lot of different career paths, and adds skills that are marketable in any career. 

Learning German can help you:  

  • adapt and function well in unfamiliar situations,  
  • gain knowledge of language that will help you work and travel in areas where German is spoken  
  • analyze cultural differences in professional settings, and 
  • think abstractly and critically. 

Did You Know?

Germany is the 4th largest economy in the world and the economic engine of Europe (the EU, not China, is America’s largest trading partner).
German is the most commonly spoken first language in the European Union.
German has over 100,000,000 native speakers, and an additional 125,000,000 people who speak it as a second language.
The second most commonly used language in the internet is German.
Every 6th book published in the world, e-book or traditional, is in German.
A thousand years ago English WAS German!
German is an excellent language to learn for the travel & hospitality industries because Germans travel more than any other national group in the world.
German is an excellent language to learn for careers in the sciences because so much original research is done in German-speaking countries, especially in emerging & “green” technologies.
German is an excellent language to learn for business, especially for those who are interested in the markets of eastern Europe or in emulating Germany’s highly successful business models.
For over 100 years, German speakers were the largest ethnic minority immigrating to North America; they are still the second largest ethnic minority in the US.
One in FOUR people living in North America have German background; one in THREE people in Minnesota have a German background.
The Easter Bunny, the Christmas tree, and the tooth fairy are all German immigrants; so is Punxsatawney Phil, the official groundhog of Groundhog’s Day.
Pennsylvania Dutch is actually an English mishearing of “Deutsch” (the German word for German); this is why the Pennsylvania Dutch speak German.
All full-time German workers, from burger flippers at McDonald’s to the CEOs of companies, by law get 6 weeks paid vacationget up to 3 years off paid to stay home with their kids, and get national health insurance.
Germany weathered the Great Recession better than most countries because of its business structure and Germans save 11% of their income.
Most of the fairy tales that Disney has made so much money from are originally from the Brothers Grimm, two German brothers who collected & wrote down local fairy tales.
In 2000 Time Magazine put Martin Luther on their cover and named him “Man of the Millennium” for starting the Reformation.

German Program Basics

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