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Our programs in German

When you study German you will discover cultural, economic, and intellectual opportunities to help you succeed and innovate in our increasingly global and international world. With an estimated 100 million native speakers across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, German is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union. As you expand your German language skills you will also begin to deepen your understanding of German influence in all parts of the world.

In the German program, you will study areas such as:

  • linguistics, literary and cultural studies, film, theatre, and performance
  • multiculturalism and intercultural competence
  • the interconnections between language, culture, history, politics, and socioeconomics
  • the art, architecture, and art movements of 19th and 20th-century Germany
  • the writings and thought of figures like Goethe, Schiller, Keller, Kafka, Rilke, Aichinger, Bachmann, Wolf and others
  • German representations of the Holocaust and responses to the Third Reich
  • Germans continuing impact on world affairs and diplomacy in Africa and the Middle East

In the past, students have enjoyed these areas and found them to be very engaging and rewarding. They have also appreciated the attention they received from our faculty who aid students in their intellectual development. This program also allows for some flexibility and individual needs.

But what about career prospects? With an estimated 100 million native speakers, it is one of the world's major languages and the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union making German applicable to viturtually any job.  For example: 

  • national and international business
  • international law and legal studies
  • high school, community college, and university teaching
  • Non-governmental organizations, philanthropy, and the non-profit sectors
  • sustainability and environmental organizations
  • diplomacy, humanitarianism, and social justice organizations
  • science, technology, engineering, and health science fields
  • music and the performing arts
  • or you can pursue a graduate degree

Even in careers where German is not directly applicable, employers have come to value multi-lingual trained college graduates for their ability to see things from a different perspective, provide great insight into other cultures, think critically about issues, and solve problems in an innovative and successful way.  

Many students combine their study of German with another disciplineGerman makes a good combination with majors or minors in:

  • pre-law and pre-med
  • sustainability
  • engineering and computer science
  • natural sciences (life sciences, molecular sciences, psychology, physics, earth and space exploration)
  • history, philosophy, and religious studies
  • international politics and global studies
  • business and economics
  • arts, music, and the performing arts
  • education

Our faculty and staff can help you reach your personal and educational goals. Contact our SILC advisors to declare a major, minor, or graduate program!



 

 

Name
Expertise
Nina Berman
School Director & Professor

Berman's research areas include globalization studies, humanitarianism, tourism, German orientalism and colonialism, Germans in Africa, and intercultural hermeneutics.

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Daniel Gilfillan
Assoc Professor, German

Gilfillan has published widely on German and Austrian radio and sound art, and on the history of the radio in Germany as an experimental art medium.

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Sara Lee
Lecturer, German

Lee is a teacher of German who specializes in language learning with disabilities/dyslexia, bilingual learning, and teaching methodology.

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Eva Humbeck
Instructor, German

Humbeck's academic interests reach from 19th century poetry to modern crime novels to cultural changes in contemporary German society.

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Kristi McAuliffe
Instructor, German

McAuliffe teaches German at ASU. She received her doctorate in German from Pennsylvania State University in 2014.

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Christiane Reves
Instructor, German

Reves teaches lower division coordinator in the German group at ASU. Her primary research interests are migration, networks and culture transfer.

Friederike Weiss
Instructor, German

Weiss is certified in teaching German and English as a second language.

Robert Bjork is a professor in the Arizona Center for Medieval/Renaissance Studies. Bjork regularly teaches beginning and advanced Old English and Old Norse, occasionally teaches independent study in beginning to advanced modern Swedish, and have published translations into English from Old English, Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German, modern Swedish, and modern Danish. All of those languages fall under the rubric of SILC.
Volker Benkert is an Assistant Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of sudden regime change on biographies after both totalitarian regimes in 20th century Germany. Furthermore, he is interested in memory of the Nazi past in Germany, which despite great strides to acknowledge the horrors of the Holocaust still includes highly apologetic and redemptive narrative traits.
Anna Cichopek-Gajraj is an Assistant Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Her research and teaching focus on modern East European Jewish history, history of modern Poland and Polish/Jewish relations during and after WWII, Holocaust and post-Holocaust studies, and history of antisemitism and ethnic violence. Currently Cichopek-Gajraj is working on social history of Polish-Jewish survivors/refugees in the post-1945 US.
Sabine Feisst, Professor of Musicology at ASU’s School of Music, is a native of Germany and received all her degrees at German universities, including a PhD in musicology at the Freie University in Berlin. She specializes in 20th and 21st-century music and culture and has taught classes on such Austrian and German composers as Arnold Schönberg, Gustav Mahler and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Her research has focused on Schönberg, about whose exile she published an award-winning monograph: Schoenberg’s New World: The American Years (2011 and paperback 2017). With Ethan Haimo, she edited The Early Schoenberg Correspondence for Oxford University Press (2016) which involved the transcription of several hundred letters in German, written in Sütterlin and Kurrentschrift and translation into English.
Anna Holian is a professor within Jewish Studies at ASU. Holian is a cultural, social, and political historian of twentieth-century Europe, with a special interest in the reconstruction of Germany after World War II. Her first book looked at Eastern European refugees in postwar Germany. She currently working on two new book projects. The first focuses on Jewish economic life and Jewish spaces in Germany after the Holocaust; the second looks at European films about children and war.
Claudia Mesch is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University. Her research and publications chart developments in visual modernism and contemporary art within the context of cultural exchange across national and disciplinary boundaries. Her books include Modern Art at the Berlin Wall (2009) and Art and Politics: A Small History of Art for Social Change since 1945 (2013). She is a founding editor of the Journal of Surrealism and the Americas.
Claudia Sadowski-Smith is a professor in the Department of English and the author of The New Immigrant Whiteness: Neoliberalism, Race, and Migration from the former Soviet Union to the United States (New York University Press, forthcoming), which places post-Soviet migration into the framework of immigration and US American studies, and of Border Fictions: Globalization, Empire, and Writing at the Boundaries of the United States (University of Virginia Press, 2008), which comparatively examines fiction about the two US land borders with Mexico and Canada. In addition, Sadowski-Smith has published articles on reality shows in Ukraine and the United States, US adoptions from Russia and Ukraine, US migration from the BRIC countries, the transition in East Germany, and the internationalization of American Studies. Her next project is a comparative study of contemporary migration to Western Europe, particularly Germany, and the United States.
Samuel McClernon graduated from ASU in 2016 after majoring in German. For McClernon, learning another language helped him improve as a communicator in general, both in intercultural settings and as a tutor international students. He has decided to pursue a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. "ASU and SILC prepared me to pursue my goals and maintain the drive to succeed."
Amila Becirbegovic completed her BA in German in 2008, followed by a MA in German in 2010. She is now a PhD candidate and instructor at University of California, Davis. Becirbegovic can explain tough ideas to her students because she understands them from the original German source. "Many of the pedagogical techniques and strategies that I acquired at ASU are still with me and accompany me into every new classroom and institution."

Clubs

German Devils  is a student run organization with the goal of promoting the German language and culture at ASU. Typical events throughout the school year include Stammtisch (casual meet-up at a local restaurant/pub for conversation and fun), German film night, and monthly meetings. Please check our calendar for upcoming events or go to our Facebook Page for updates. Please feel free to contact the ASU German Club officers at any time with questions, suggestions etc!

The SILC Attaches Club is a club that brings all languages and cultures from SILC together. People are able to learn about different cultures in a fun way when studying a language. Understanding different cultures is such an important attribute to have, and it is one you can obtain through SILC Attaches. This club creates community events, outreach projects, and plans fun get-togethers.

 Study Abroad

German Language and Culture in Regensburg

Located on the confluence of three rivers (Danube, Naab and Regen), Regensburg prides itself on its 2000-year-old history. Founded by the Romans in 179 A.D., the city retains medieval features such as dark, narrow cobblestone streets, Romanesque and Gothic churches, Italianate towers, and massively solid 16th-century patrician houses.
Check out our study abroad trips in SILC.

Scholarships

The ability to speak another language opens up more opporutunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarshipsASU also offers an extensive database for you to search through and find the right ones to apply for. 

In the Study Abroad Office, Shira Burns (shira.burns@asu.edu) oversees applications to programs. Study Abroad’s deadlines for applying for all programs are September 25th for the spring and February 15th for the fall. ASU financial aid is accepted for all programs on Study Abroad’s approved list.

Here is a list of a few scholarships specific for language:

Fulbright | Boren | Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship | USAC Study Abroad Scholarship | Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Fellowships and Internships

U.S. Department of State has a student internships program through Pathways. 

Thomas Perking Undergraduate and Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

European Union Internships in Europe.

European Union Internship in the United States.

Cultural Embassador Program