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Languages and Ethnic Studies

Languages and Ethnic Studies
Hagg-Sauer 300
1500 Birchmont Drive NE #23
Bemidji, Mn 56601-2699

Office: (218) 755-2880
Fax: (218) 755-2822


No new majors are being accepted into this program.
Current students should talk with their advisor if they have questions regarding this program.

With between 90-95 million speakers, German is the most widely spoken native language in the European Union.  It is an official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.  After English it is one of the most widely used languages for business because of the robust German economy.

BSU offers a B.A. major and minor in German.  The goal of the program is two-fold: 1) to build proficiency in the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking; and 2) to introduce and deepen the knowledge of the culture, history and literature of German-speaking countries. 

Students majoring in German may go on to graduate study.  They may combine their German studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and of foreign cultures is essential. Finally, a major in German complements other majors or minors in the humanities or in the social sciences, or may be combined with work other programs such as International Business or International Studies.

Students at the third- or fourth-year level may chose to study in Magdeburg, Germany for one or two semesters.  This is particularly valuable in aiding students to gain proficiency in German.