German Studies

What is German Studies?

This program focuses on the German language and related dialects as used in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, neighboring European countries containing German-speaking minorities, and elsewhere. It includes instruction in German philology; Old, Middle, and High German; Plattdeutsch and other regional dialects, and applications to business, science/technology, and other settings.
You will learn to speak, listen to, read, and write a language. You will learn the grammar, syntax, punctuation, and pronunciation. Also you will learn about the culture, history, and literature of the country whose language you are studying. As a part of your studies you may learn about the important philosophers and you may read some of the works produced by 18th century, 19th century, and modern authors of the country.
Foreign languages and literatures free the individual to discover the content and value of other cultures, to enrich personal experiences through contacts with others on their own terms, and to enter into worlds of thought and expression that would otherwise be inaccessible. Languages thus play a key part in reducing ethnocentricity.

In an age when almost instant communication links the peoples of the world, when the relationships among nations are evolving rapidly and when Americans are increasingly aware of the riches of their diverse cultural heritage, the ability to use a second language acquires a new importance. Any level of proficiency in a foreign language supports both international understanding and basic contacts with various language groups in the United States. High-level ability promotes meaningful, accurate communication.

Working in German Studies
Characteristics and Skills Necessary for Success

  • Desire to learn about German people and culture
  • Good ear for language and communication patterns
  • Good communication skills both orally and written
  • Desire to study abroad

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Sample Job Titles

German Teacher
Travel Guide
Foreign Service Officer
International Trade Economist
Speech Pathologist
Foreign Social Worker
Customs Inspector


Learning More About Anthropology

  • Visit the Career Services office and check out our Career Resource Library
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  • Visit the SLU Modern Languages and Literature Department website
  • Check out German course descriptions in the Catalog
  • Talk with a professor in Modern Languages and Literature about the major. Click here for a list of possible questions to ask.
  • Perform an informational interview with a professional in the field. Click here for information on how to find a professional, contacting them, and a list of possible questions.
  • Get connected with SLU alum in the field through SAINTSLink, participate in Shadow-a-Saint or complete an Internship.

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