BA German


Whether you want to learn about the long tradition of medieval courts, are intrigued by Germans' success in the business world or are imagining a career in the natural sciences, performing arts, sustainability or the humanities, a major in German helps you translate the world from a new perspective.

Program Description

Students in the BA program in German study the language, literature and culture of German-speaking people and gain competence in reading, writing, and oral and aural skills in the language. The program offers thought-provoking, engaging classes and experiences led by a core of faculty eager to help students succeed in achieving their goals. German classes provide opportunities for exploring how people in German-speaking Europe:

  • understand the world through literature, film, the performing arts and other cultural practices
  • engage with the worlds of politics, economics, social justice and humanitarianism
  • think deeply about philosophy, the influence of history and the environment
  • have become global leaders in the fields of business, engineering and the natural sciences

Students are encouraged to participate in the School of International Letters and Cultures faculty-directed summer abroad program in Regensburg or in a semester or academic-year exchange program available at several German universities.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

Knowledge of multiple languages and intercultural competencies enhance any occupation and offer graduates many career opportunities. Language-intensive careers include:

  • foreign correspondent or media professional
  • foreign service officer
  • international banking and finance professional
  • language teacher
  • law and immigration professional
  • multilingual administrative professional
  • nongovernmental organization professional
  • professor of language, literature and culture
  • translator or interpreter
  • travel professional

Career fields in which knowledge of multiple languages and cultures is valued include:

  • advertising, marketing and communications
  • airline industry
  • film, television and multimedia
  • hotel and resort management
  • international education and study abroad administration
  • international law
  • lifestyle management
  • military
  • publishing
  • technology industries

Additional education and certification may be required for some career paths.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Cultural Studies Professor


  • Growth: 10.5%
  • Median Salary*: $72,230
  Bright Outlook

Education Professor


  • Growth: 10.3%
  • Median Salary*: $64,020
  Bright Outlook

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $59,170

Intelligence Officer


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: $79,970

Middle School Teacher


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $57,720

Translator


  • Growth: 17.7%
  • Median Salary*: $47,190
  Bright Outlook

World Language Professor


  • Growth: 11.9%
  • Median Salary*: $65,010
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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