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In the 21st century, unified Germany has become the economic and political leader of the European Union. It is also one of the main partners of the U.S. in an increasingly internationalized world. So your German degree will give you the competitive edge you’re looking for as a job candidate and valued addition in the workplace.

What to Expect

The language courses that you will take as a German major have been designed by a professor trained in language-learning techniques who is committed to integrating new media such as wikis, blogs and podcasts into basic courses. You will develop the language and cultural awareness skills necessary for work or study in German-speaking countries.

During your coursework, you will combine practice in reading, listening, speaking and writing about themes of general interest and about topics related to business and other professions. You will also be able to engage in a high degree of professor-student contact and develop a sense of belonging that can facilitate all other aspects of the learning experience.


Undergraduate Degree

B  B.A. with a major in German

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures focuses on the teaching of foreign languages, their associated literatures and global culture. Students learn from native speakers, benefit from innovative Web-based programs where they interact directly with their peers in other countries and study with professors who have written the books they use in courses. The department of languages, literatures and cultures is one of the largest and most active in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in German

  • German Culture and Civilization
  • Study of German Abroad
  • Readings in German Literature
  • Practicum in Teaching German to Young Children
  • German Literature and Culture of the 19th Century
  • Survey of German Culture
  • Advanced German for Business and Other Professions I and II
  • Introduction to German Linguistics

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degrees

In addition to the undergraduate program, the College of Arts and Sciences also offers a Master of Arts in German.

M  M.A. in German

Graduate Director: Francisco Sanchez, 803-777-9734,
Program Contact: Barbara Wachob, 803-777-0473,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School. 

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