Why German Studies?
With over 100 million speakers, German is one of the most important languages in the world for science and medicine, commerce, industry, culture and the arts. German-speakers occupy a prominent place on any list of the world's greatest scientists, artists, philosophers, poets, musicians and composers, engineers and architects. Almost every academic discipline has a strong German tradition, in many cases one that largely defines the field. In fact, the modern university itself, with its combination of teaching and research, is a German invention. Also check out the latest Facts and Figures on the increasing relevance of German to U.S. businesses and the economy.
As Germany.info states, "German is also an official language in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein as well as in Italy's South Tyrol. In addition, German plays a role as a recognized minority language in Denmark, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Approximately 55 million Europeans speak German as a foreign language."
The Department of Modern Languages offers a B.A. in German. We offer a major and a minor in German Studies. We encourage all students to participate in research projects, and to study abroad. Our scholarship closely reflects the research in German Studies currently conducted nationally and internationally in the discipline.
For questions regarding the German Studies program, majoring or minoring, placement, or study abroad, please contact the Program Director of German Studies.