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Whatever plans you may have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options.

When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life:

 

The global career: Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections.

Exchange programs: There are agreements for student exchange between Germany and many countries of the world.

Tourism and hospitality industry: Tourists from German-speaking countries travel wide and far, and are the world’s biggest spenders when on holiday. They appreciate to be looked after by German-speaking staff and tour guides.

Travel: Make the most of your travels not only in German-speaking countries, but in many other European countries where German is widely spoken, especially in Eastern Europe.

Business: Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success.

Science and Research: German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.

Communication: Developments in media, information and communication technology require multilingual communicators. A wide range of important websites are in German and worldwide, Germany is ranked number 5 in terms of annual publication of new books. Knowledge of German therefore offers you extended access to information.

Enjoyment of literature, music, art and philosophy: German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven. Indulge in reading and/or listening to their works in their original language.

Opportunities to study/work in Germany: Germany awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany. Working holiday visas are available for young foreigners from a range of countries, and special visas are offered to skilled workers and professionals.

Cultural understanding: Learning German provides you with an insight into the way of life, and the hopes and dreams of people in German speaking countries, broadening your horizon.

For more information, see the Goethe Institut, the organization that compiled this list.

We offer a dual language major, a minor in German, introductory, intermediate, and advanced German language courses and several German literature and culture courses.

Learn more about the German major options, minor and course offerings below:

German Courses

Academic Catalog

Department of Modern Languages Catalog

Modern Languages Major Options Explained

Have questions about program options for this language?

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Contact the Modern Languages Academic Advisor, Alexis Magana for more information!

Schedule an advising appointment through SSC Navigate or contact Alexis by phone or email.

Phone: 303-605-5884

Email: [email protected]

German Language Faculty

Full Time and Affiliate Faculty Members

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Dr. Lawrence F Glatz

Professor of German

[email protected] 303-615-0477 View Directory Profile
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Iris Heidberg

Instructor of German

Courses Taught: GER-XXXX

[email protected] 123-456-7890
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Heike Schmidt Windhoff

Instructor of German

Courses Taught: GER-1010, GER-1020

[email protected] 303-615-1744 View Directory Profile

Live and Study in Germany

There are several options to get to a German-speaking country. The costs and time involved in planning can vary greatly. From two weeks to a stay of a full year, the experiences can be life-altering and lead to many wonderful things.