Bachelor of Arts in German Studies
Germany continues to be at the forefront of US and world trade. Germany was the world’s biggest exporter in 2007, even ahead of China. The United States imports more from Germany than from any other European country and is the second-largest market for German exports. Over 2000 American companies conduct business in German-speaking countries and more than 1000 companies based in German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the US.
But it’s not all about money. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. The histories of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are intertwined, but each of these countries has distinct traditions that contribute to what we in the US think of as “German” culture. German is the language of many of the world’s great artists, poets, scientists, philosophers, musicians and dramatists. Almost any major you choose in college will include some German-related content. You have probably heard of Goethe, Kafka, Thomas Mann, Brecht, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, Freud, Jung, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Einstein . . . the list goes on.
But it’s not all about the past. Courses for the German Studies major also focus on popular culture, politics, and contemporary issues. The study of German is well supported by fellowship and exchange programs from both the German and US governments, including the Fulbright Program, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, the Bundestag Internship Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange.Opportunities Abroad