About German Classes at Austin College
The German Program teaches a rich array of topics, ranging from language and linguistics to literature studies, from folk traditions to film studies, but also includes contemporary issues such as environmentalism and immigration. We help students develop proficiency in German and acquire knowledge about and appreciation of literatures and cultures in the German-speaking world. Beginning and intermediate language courses enable you to communicate in German: You will develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Additionally, you will learn about German society and culture. In our advanced courses, you will gain a deeper understanding of the German language through discussion-based class sessions and produce your own written analysis.
Our German majors and minors have succeeded in a variety of meaningful career choices such as prestigious Fulbright teaching fellowships, corporate positions in the U.S. and abroad, positions in government and in NGOs.
Majors and minors are encouraged to enroll in an approved semester-long study abroad program in Germany or Austria. To those unable to study abroad, joining a travel Jan term to Austria or Germany might be of interest.
What’s happening in the program?
German Campus Weeks
The German Program at Austin College has regularly received funding from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. to host various events on campus in order to bring awareness to the German language, to engage students in German cultural activities, and to enable the wider campus community to learn more about the significant contributions Germany has made in a global context:
- Shaping Germany Campus Weeks (2018)
- 500th Anniversary of Reformation Campus Weeks (2017)
- Germany Meets the U.S. Campus Weeks (2016)
- 25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall Campus Weeks (2014)
- Think Transatlantic. US and Germany in the 21st Century Campus Weeks (2012)
German Program Details
- German Major Checklist
- German Minor Checklist
- See the German Courses
- See the Austin College Bulletin
- Visit the Classical & Modern Languages home page
- Shaping Germany Campus Weeks
Ruth Cape, Associate Professor of German
Wolfgang Lueckel, Associate Professor of German
Classes of Interest:
GER 254: History of German Cinema (typically each fall)
Learn about 100 years of film history in Germany. Delve into the 1922 Nosferatu, one of the most famous vampire films of all time, and how it has shaped cinema. Learn about the great rogue characters of the 1920s, Nazi cinema, postwar films and the Neuer Deutsche Film (New German Cinema) of the 1960s to 1980s.
GER 255: “The Greenest Nation?” (typically each spring)
See what Germans are doing to protect the environment and why they have the reputation of being fervently green. Learn about the solar and wind energy boom in Germany, Waldsterben (forest death), Mülltrennung (recycling) and Klimawandel (climate change).
All students who take German are encouraged and eligible to apply for a space in the German House in order to immerse themselves in German outside of the regular classroom and on a daily basis. The German House is part of the Austin College Jordan Family Language House. The German Club of Austin College hosts film nights and other events at this location. Each student in the language house receives personal attention in the target language by a native language house teaching assistant.
Meet Our Alumni
Hannah Dyer-Holzhauer ‘13
I graduated from Austin College in 2013 with a major in French and a minor in German. I work as a photographer and tutor in a suburb of Houston. Austin College isn’t about giving you the college experience – it is about empowering you to be the person you want to be and to make… [Read More]
Katherine Wilshusen ’11
Studying German at Austin College was one of the highlights of my college experience, as well as one of the most beneficial to my career development. Austin College facilitated unique avenues for language learning: the Jordan Family Language House offered an immersive learning environment on campus; the Study Abroad Office and the JanTerm program took… [Read More]
Bonnie Worstell ’18
Development and Advocacy Program Manager, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area I started studying German in high school because I have family living there. I continued learning German at Austin College by pairing my International Relations major with a German minor. Throughout my studies, countless experiences have emphasized that learning a language is… [Read More]
Cameron Kubacki ’16
My name is Cameron Kubacki and I am currently teaching English at a Gesamtschule thirty minutes outside of the German city of Hannover. I am currently living and working abroad this year, through a Fulbright Scholarship that I applied for my senior year. I studied business in college, a subject I not only enjoy but… [Read More]
Chris Burke ’15
I graduated from Austin College in 2015 with majors in German and Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. In addition to providing me with a number of fantastic opportunities to travel, explore a different culture, and broaden my horizons, studying German at Austin College helped me cultivate an important set of useful skills.… [Read More]
Madeline Akers ’14
Before I began studying German at Austin College, I viewed language studies as a requirement to be filled. I had no idea how my studies would enable me to connect with people from other cultures. They led me to study abroad, working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany, and now, teaching English in Korea.… [Read More]
Joshua Stowers ’15
Learning German has done more to improve my interpersonal communication skills than any other single decision in my life. When learning a new language you don’t have the opportunity to lazily determine your words mid-sentence. You must construct the entire sentence before speaking. Studying abroad for the better part of a year in Germany and… [Read More]
Matthew Moore ’13
(currently pursuing a PhD in chemistry at UT Austin since he graduated in 2013): Studying German at Austin College has profoundly affected my life in many ways. From studying abroad and learning to rapidly adapt to new situations to using the foreign language to logically think through situations I do not think I could be… [Read More]
Madeleine Mannix ’14
Studying German at Austin College has immensely impacted my life. I was given the chance to experience the culture more deeply. It not only let me grow closer to my relatives in Germany but grow more confident in who I am as person. It has also helped me to understand the difficulties of learning a… [Read More]
Erika Valek ’15
The German program allowed me to pursue my love for the German language by encouraging me to think critically, increase my vocabulary, and have confidence in conversation while educating me in some of the most important events, figures, and literature in German speaking countries. As an alumna, German culture and language has remained very important… [Read More]
Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Study German at Austin College
- Access knowledge: German is among the Top Ten languages used for knowledge creation with almost 100.000 books published annually.
- Communicate with about 100 million German native speakers and many other speakers who learn German as a foreign language.
- Study and live in Germany: Take German classes at Austin College and then immerse yourself during a semester of study-abroad in a German-speaking location.
- Pursue business opportunities: Among foreign languages, German offers one of the highest earning potentials for business leaders.
- Read some of the greatest thinkers, authors and researchers in their native language: the Grimm brothers, Kafka, Nietzsche, Goethe, Martin Luther, and Albert Einstein all wrote in German.
- Look beyond the cliché: German culture encompasses much more than Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and Oktoberfest. Discover the rich fabric of German culture beyond the images the tourism industry has created.
- Discover Europe and the European Union: Germany is at the heart of a political union of 27 members whose cultural diversity and long history are amazing and exciting.
- Learn about and explore multi-culturalism and cultural diversity in German-speaking countries.
- Discover your family roots: German-Americans are the largest ancestry group in the United States.
- Learn how language works by comparing parallels and key differences between German and your native language.
Links of Interest
- The Goethe Institute
- TV News Tagesschau
- German-American Chambers of Commerce
- The Dallas Goethe Center
- German Food in the Metroplex
- Deutsche Welle (news from and about Germany in English)
- Spiegel (prominent German news source in German and English)
- German Mission in the U.S.
- European Union
- Facts about Germany
- Overview of German History (in German)