ERIC Number: ED134273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
German Studies and the Community College.
Hamrick, Susan D.
Since the late 1960's, German studies, like foreign language studies in general, have been on the decline. Part of the decline in foreign language enrollments can be attributed to higher education's declining rate of enrollment growth, part to elimination of language requirements for degree recipients, and part to shifting program emphases. A review of German offerings in comprehensive community colleges show that German is offered at a minimum level with only 49 institutions offering German programs leading to the Associate in Arts degree. Despite depressed enrollment statistics and trends toward vocational/scientific studies, neither liberal arts nor German study is on the way out. Such factors as requirement of German for scientific study, the large number of Americans of German descent with pride and interest in their ancestry, and Germany's rising political and economic status all work together to create demand for German studies. However, German departments must also do their share to attract and retain students. New techniques, laboratory resources, and curricula need development and implementation. Relevance and interest can be enhanced through study of German culture. Community college emphasis in German studies should be on practical speaking, reading, and writing. A bibliography is attached. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Seminar paper, University of Arizona