Studying German may be one of the most important decisions in your life. There are approx. 101 million native German speakers among Europeans. By choosing German, you will be open to experience famous literature in the original language, participate in Europe’s biggest economy as an intern, for example, and communicate easily in 4 German-speaking countries - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
We offer exciting courses that promote the link between language and the larger cultural context, including literature, art, and music, along with history, politics, business, and philosophy. Our seminar topics include contemporary Berlin, German film, and multiculturalism in Germany. Small class sizes in the upper level allow for a high degree of student-faculty interaction and enable us to identify your individual interests and assist you with designing the right course of study, including programs abroad—our students have studied at universities in Berlin, Eichstätt, Marburg, and Trier —and internship experience. Recent German majors have received the prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Study Scholarship; another completed an internship with a German corporation through the highly competitive German Program for Transatlantic Encounters. The German-American Society of Omaha, which evidences the high degree of German heritage in our city, state, and region, sponsors an annual scholarship and welcomes our students at their events.
In 2011, two of our students were studying in Germany - read a student paper article (PDF).
Many courses in the German Program use computer technology as part of the teaching to benefit the language learning process. The Beginning and Intermediate German courses use the publishers' website for audio and other interactive exercises. CALL, or Computer Assisted Language Learning, can enhance your language learning experience if you are willing to learn a few new tools to take advantage of what we offer. Here is a selected list of what we use and of what is available for self-study:
- Some of our courses use Blueline (Classroom Management Software).
- GER 111 (Dr. Böhlke) has most of its content on this public webpage.
- GER 328 (Dr. Böhlke) uses many online authentic German audio and video sources.
- The German section has developed a few online self-correcting interactive resources that will give you additional practice with grammar and language.(retired 2013)
- As a Creighton student, you have free access to SCOLA TV, (ongoing free access while enrolled at Creighton)
- Download iTunes from Apple. You can podcast authentic TV news from Germany. Visit the iTunes Store, search for "ZDF Logo", "Tagesschau" or "Heute Journal".
If you have questions, please contact your German instructor or Dr. Olaf Böhlke.