German, BA


At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Translate the world from a new perspective by studying German literature, customs, cuisine and more. From its profound history at the center of the Holocaust to its present-day influence on business, film, sustainability and more, Germany and German language and culture provide globally informed perspectives for diverse career paths.

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, listening and speaking skills.

German classes provide opportunities for exploring how people in German-speaking Europe:

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

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.





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 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:

Global Management

Gain hands-on experience and learn from the diverse perspectives of a global cohort of classmates. This program offers applied learning opportunities, 17 concentration options, and internships in real-world global settings.

Website | Locations: DTPHX,ONLNE

Language Teaching

Acquire a deep and broad understanding of the field of language pedagogy so that you can teach at the elementary, high school or collegiate level.

Website | Locations: TEMPE


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 enhances any occupation and offers graduates many career opportunities. Language-intensive careers include:

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

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:

Community Health Workers


  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
  Bright Outlook

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary


  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Economists


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook

Education Teachers, Postsecondary


  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 66930

Political Scientists


  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Sociologists


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
  Bright Outlook

Interpreters and Translators


  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

* 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

Studying abroad is vital when learning German language and culture as there is no better way to learn a language than to be immersed in it. Students can choose from two-week to full-year programs in German-speaking countries.

Studying abroad adds value to students' degrees by preparing them with the useful skills employers seek --- skills that are needed for leadership in a multicultural career.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these programs for students majoring in German.



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