Dr. Mark Himmelein

Teaching Area(s): German

That is one of the great things about Mount Union—it is small enough and flexible enough to allow faculty to experiment with the courses and the curriculum in order to make it fit our students.

German Major Learning Objectives

The German major at the University of Mount Union focuses on several different aspects of German culture. Students seeking a German degree will gain speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills of the German language. The living patterns, social structure, and value systems of the German culture will be discussed along with German literature. Students will be able to understand the cultures and civilizations of German speaking people along with an understanding of the careers and professions available to German majors. Lastly, students will spend a period of time living and learning in Germany to experience the culture first hand.

Student organizations include Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honorary society, German Club and the Association of International Students. German graduates can choose from career opportunities such as public relations, teaching, business, social work, government service, scientific research, various technical occupations and legal and medical services. Many German major students also continue on to graduate study.

German Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to function in an environment where German is used exclusively.  Students will demonstrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the language at the ACTFL Advanced-Low Level
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultures and civilizations of the principal groups of people who speak German, from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, geographical, sociopolitical, literary and artistic.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of foreign languages to professions and careers.


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