Guten tag und willkommen! When you choose to study German at Longwood, you choose a program that will enhance your professional profile, enrich your understanding of global citizenship, and build confidence in your communication skills.

National surveys reveal that businesses seek the kinds of employees who graduate with a degree in modern languages – empathetic team players who think critically, communicate well, and solve complex problems.

Exploring connections across time, continents, and disciplines, our courses in culture, film, language, and literature train students to write, read, and speak in more than one language, interact with cultural competence, and participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Our semester in Munich, Germany is a truly transformative experience, while our teaching license program leads directly to positions in the Commonwealth’s schools. As a second major, a German degree pairs easily with programs in English, business, political science, and history.

Career Path

Recent graduates – confident global citizen leaders – have become lawyers, teachers, editors, social media directors, and graduate students.

What You'll Study


The German program is the fastest growing concentration in the department. Our tight-knit community enjoys Oktoberfest together, takes classes on German horror films, and stages a full-length play in German every other spring. Summer classes in Munster and a semester program in Munich provide a once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion experience that will complement second majors in marketing, criminal justice studies, and computer science.

Minor in German

Modern Languages PreK-12 Teaching licensure

A major in modern languages is your first step to an engaging, rewarding career teaching in the PreK-12 setting. Our program boasts a 100% full-time placement rate for graduates with a Commonwealth of Virginia teaching license.

Sample 4- Year Plan

German, Teacher Preparation Concentration (pdf)


The German minor requires 18 hours of concentration course work at the 200 level or above, and at least one course in literature and one course in culture and civilization:

  • Civilization and Culture
  • Survey of German Literature I: The Age of Goethe
  • Survey of German Literature II: Naturalism to the Present


Explore modern languages in these classes that focus on Literature; Civilization and Culture; and Conversation and Phonetics. 

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