Guten Tag! Study German at The Catholic University of America, where you will engage your passion for language and literature, guided by a tradition of intellectual inquiry. Knowledge of German is a valuable asset in our global society, as it is the most widely-spoken language in the European Union, and is an important international language in the science and business worlds.
As a German Studies major at The Catholic University of America, you will explore the language, literature, and history of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Core liberal arts classes complement your study of German by providing a broader context of scholarship, helping you to grow as a global citizen.
Your German Studies professors will encourage you to explore the world beyond the classroom by spending a semester abroad in cities like Berlin or Eichstätt. When you graduate from The Catholic University of America, your international experience and firm grounding in the liberal arts will make you an ideal candidate for many careers.
Major in German Studies
The Major in German Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the German-speaking world. It is designed to provide students with a solid background in the cultural history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Students combine language, culture and practical skills courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with a practical immersion experience in a German-speaking country. Students are encouraged to supplement their studies with courses dealing with the German-speaking world in areas such as Anthropology, Art, Drama, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology and Religious Studies.
German Studies Majors are required to spend a semester studying abroad in a German-speaking country.
All credits earned abroad are eligible for transfer if the student is enrolled in affiliated programs. GER 300 and GER 489 must be taken at The Catholic University of America.
Under special circumstances may students petition that the study abroad requirement be waived. In these cases the department will consider summer abroad programs, approved cultural immersion experiences, or internships instead.
The small size of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will allow you to develop strong relationships with both faculty members and your fellow students. Extracurricular activities further complement your coursework through trips, lectures, film festivals, and a weekly Kaffeestunde (coffee hour), where students meet to practice speaking German.
Why a German studies degree from Catholic University
The German Studies major at The Catholic University of America is interdisciplinary and multifaceted, preparing you for a number of different careers after graduation. In addition to widely-applicable critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills, you will acquire a mastery of German vocabulary and cultural conventions that will equip you to participate in German culture as a teacher, translator, politician, or business professional. You are encouraged to select a second area of concentration such as history, political science, or another language, which will complement your German Studies major and train you for careers in such fields as politics, education, and international relations.