Why learn German?
English is a Germanic language. This makes German quite easy to understand once you know a few tricks. The old rumor that German is a hard language stems back to the days when the language was taught differently than it is today. In fact, in the RC, students often comment on how surprized they are at the relative ease of getting proficient in German--partly because of the small class size and individual attention students get, and partly because of how easy it is to try to communicate using the language. You can already read a lot of German words like: Apfel, Banane, Sport, Trend, Winter, wandern, trinken, singen, waschen, Club, Januar, Februar, Katze, Elefant, Psychologie, Musik, Mathematik, Kindergarten and hundreds more.

German is the most widely-spoken language in Europe. (Germany is the largest country in the EU.) Over 120 million people have German as their native language.

Germany is America's largest European trading partner. More than 750 U.S. firms do business in Germany. 1,100 German companies do business in the U.S. and the number is growing each year. Many of these companies like to hire employees who know the language. German companies in the U.S. pay German-speaking employees premium salaries. Every year, hundreds of American students complete paid internships with German companies in the U.S. and abroad. We can put you into contact with RC students who have worked abroad.

German is an important language globally-speaking. At many American colleges and universities, German is the language required most often for certain majors and fields. At the University of California, for example: 56 majors require or recommend German, 43 majors require or recommend French and 21 minors require or recommend Spanish, and 7 majors require or recommend Japanese.

Among academic programs which often require or recommend German are: anatomy, art, art history, bio-checmistry, biology, biomedical physics, botany, chemistry, design, engineering, film studies, genetics, linguistics, logic, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, religious studies, women's studies, and zoology.

More than 25% of all foreign tourists visiting the U.S. are from German-speaking countries. German-speaking countries support the arts more than most any other country in the world. For example, there are 400 theater troupes, 3 opera houses, 70 museums, 200 art galleries 120 movie theaters in Berlin alone.

It pays to know a foreign language that not everyone else knows. Almost anything that sets you apart from everyone else is a plus in the workforce today.

German culture has had a substantial impact on the U.S. According to the U.S. census, more Americans (25%) can trace their ancestry to Germany than to any other country. More than 60 million Americans are at least partly of German descent.

It is very easy to fly to Germany. There are direct flights from Detroit to Frankfurt every day. Fares have gone as low as $500 roundtrip which has made it possible for students to travel to Germany for Spring Break or a long weekend just to test out their German. RC students have found that even after one semester of intensive German they can function quite well in German-speaking countries.