The German major is designed to provide students with communicative proficiency in the German language and competency in the interpretation of German culture. Following the completion of basic requirements, the program offers optimal flexibility to the individual student who can choose from a variety of courses and, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, devise a curriculum geared towards his or her specific career goals and intellectual interests. The department is comprised of specialists in the major areas of German Studies who integrate language teaching with the teaching of German literature, linguistics, film, and culture studies as well as important aspects of contemporary German society, business, and politics.
The study of German in the United States has undergone significant changes in recent years and the German program at the University of Georgia reflects those changes by offering intermediate and advanced German courses that cover broad subject areas but generally are not literary survey or genre courses. Instead, the focus of a course may be a specific issue or a topic that students learn to investigate in depth or from a particular perspective. Through such courses students acquire the critical tools to undertake independent inquiries into the field of German and form their own questions about cultural specificity and difference. While either German literature or linguistics constitutes the core of these courses, they are frequently interdisciplinary and include materials and methods from other fields such as history, music, film, philosophy, art history, and sociology.
Although the University and the department strongly encourage study abroad and offer opportunities for its pursuit in Freiberg, we recognize that many students will not be able to stay in Germany for extended periods of time during or after their course of study. The program of study is therefore not limited to analyzing specific aspects of German culture, but generally intended to sharpen students' critical skills and strengthen their ability to express themselves. It is also designed to raise students' cross-cultural awareness, to help them realize the uniqueness of their own background and understand it as socially and historically constructed.
A major in German Studies with its twofold emphasis on linguistic proficiency and cultural competency is excellent preparation for a variety of professional careers in business, government, and academia. The comparatively small size of the department allows faculty members to pay close attention to the individual student, to help students advance in their studies, and to guide them in the pursuit of their professional career choices. Whether you are interested in a career in business, foreign service, or law, or if you are looking to become a teacher in primary or secondary education, or to pursue German as an academic subject in graduate school, there are copious ways in which you could apply your knowledge of German to the profession of your choice.
ALTA Language Services
Athens Dodge Chrysler Jeep
Bunim Murray Productions
Chambers of Commerce
Dept. of Justice, Office of Immigration
German School of Atlanta
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad
Import / Export Companies
Padnos International Center, Grand
Valley State University
Public Relations Firms
Public Service Organizations
Theodor Storm Gesellschaft
U.S. Embassy To Germany