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 virtually 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 innovatively and successfully.
Many students combine their study of German with another discipline. German makes a good combination with majors or minors in:
- pre-law and pre-med
- 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
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!
Don't forget to visit the German Program for the latest information on events, study abroad opportunities, and available courses.
Berman's research areas include globalization studies, humanitarianism, tourism, German orientalism and colonialism, Germans in Africa, and intercultural hermeneutics.
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.
Lee is a teacher of German who specializes in language learning with disabilities/dyslexia, bilingual learning, and teaching methodology.
Reves teaches lower division coordinator in the German group at ASU. Her primary research interests are migration, networks and culture transfer.
Eva Humbeck is an instructor of German language in the School of International Letters and Culture at Arizona State University. Her academic interests reach from poetry to modern literature to cultural change in Germany.
McAuliffe teaches German at ASU. She received her doctorate in German from Pennsylvania State University in 2014.
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.
The ability to speak another language opens up more opporutunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarships. ASU 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
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.