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German and German Studies

Choosing classes in German or German studies at Webster University means positioning yourself one step ahead in your postgraduate career.

As the most spoken language in Europe, German is often used as a lingua franca in parts of Eastern Europe. Knowing German opens up opportunities in the business world; Germany has the strongest economy in the European Union and one of the strongest in the world. Many important scientific and literary texts are written in German; knowing German gives you access to knowledge you couldn't have had before.

German and German studies courses at Websters are taught by passionate instructors, many of whom are native German speakers, in small classroom environments that encourage discussion. Students have the opportunity to participate in multiple German-speaking activities on campus and within the community.

"Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen." - Goethe 

"He who does not know foreign languages, knows nothing of his own." - English Translation       

Immersion Experiences

Study Abroad: Popular options for German majors include short-term cultural trips or semester-long study terms at Webster's campuses in Vienna, Geneva, and our partner, Trier University, close to Cologne and Bonn, as well as to the borders of Luxembourg and France, in the middle of the wine country and close to the Rhein and Mosel rivers.

Intensive weekends: During the school year, the German program offers an intensive weekend course in which students converse on a specific topic entirely in German. These weekends are great ways to meet other German students, practice the language, and earn credit toward your degree.

Distinct culture classes: Webster offers unique cultural courses to compliment language instruction, exploring topics like German fairy tales and literature. Some of these culture courses are taught in English, making them accessible to non-German language students.

German Language Tables: Weekly roundtables and "language cafes" allow students to practice conversational German in informal settings with other students and faculty from the campus community. Roundtables are led by visiting teaching assistants -- younger native speakers who give you the latest insights into German-speaking cultures. All levels of speakers are welcome to come to the language tables for a stress-free way to practice speaking.

Department Honors

Paula Hanssen received the Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award from the German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis.  This award is given to outstanding individuals who have worked to promote cooperation and understanding between Germany and the United States.  

Student Success Stories 

Rachel Bryant, BA in German & American Studies,  2011 -  Rachel currently lives in Berlin.  She is assistant on the "Energiesysteme der Zukunft," project, which is an interdisciplinary initiative of the German academies of sciences that offers research-based policy recommendations for the German Energy Transition.  Prior to that, she worked for Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.

Sara Risker received the German American Heritage Society Scholarship for German Major/Minor students studying in German speaking countries.  She received $2,500 to study in Vienna.  

David Michael Draus, BA in German & Education, 2012 - David attained a scholarship and studied abroad in both Berlin and Vienna while at Webster University.  He is currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the German department at Wayne State University. 

Julie Fleischer, BA in German from Webster University is now an Advanced Abstractor at EBSCO Information Services.

Taylor Snead, BA in German from Webster University received a Max Kade Fellowship! She will begin her graduate students at the University of Indiana–Bloomington and work as a Teaching Assistant.

Ellen Fritschle, BA German/International Business:
"If you're going to touch business in any way, a plethora of powerful corporate companies are German: internationally, Germany has the strongest economy in Europe and the fourth strongest economy in the world; and few Americans have any knowledge of German, so it sets you apart from other applicants. I had many different employment opportunities: working in international banks, working gin international companies, working as a translator... I recently graduated from Webster 2016 and I am now the Relationship Marketing Conquesting Specialist at corporate headquarters in D.C. for a German auto manufacturer, Audi of America. I manage many of our national customer relationship marketing campaigns to increase brand awareness, consideration, opinion, and vehicle sales. Frank Smith said, 'One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.'"

German and German Studies Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

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