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Warum sollte ich Deutsch lernen? Learning another language connects you globally. Are you interested in developing your proficiency in German and acquiring knowledge about and appreciation of literatures and cultures in the German-speaking world?  As a German student at Austin College, you will explore courses covering language and linguistics to literature studies, from folk traditions to film studies, but also includes contemporary issues such as environmentalism and immigration.   Whether your goal is to earn a prestigious Fulbright teaching fellowships, or obtain positions in the U.S. and abroad, positions in government and in NGOs, adding German to your Austin College experience will enrich your future career opportunities.  

Student during Study Abroad trip

JanTerms are a one-month, intensive study either at home or abroad, offered in January or May. Travel courses to different parts of the world, studying culture and communication, enrich your educational experience in an evolving global world. While on-campus courses support your exportation of new areas of interest or a focused study of your passions.  

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Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to acquire firsthand experiences by studying abroad. Almost all of our majors spend at least a semester abroad, in Spain, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, or Argentina.  

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Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Your four-year academic experience

will strengthen and refine your skills in communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. At graduation with a degree in German you will be prepared to:

  • clearly communicate about basic everyday topics in German and be comfortable with engaging in a reciprocal and sustained conversation;
  • demonstrate understanding of cultural concepts of German speaking countries; and
  • engage in the interpretation and analysis of longer texts and a variety of other sources ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.  

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

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Popular Courses

  • German Mythology 
  • German Crime and Detective Fiction 
  • History of German Cinema 
  • “The Greenest Nation?” 
  • German Culture in History, Literature, and Film