Undergraduate Degree ProgramThe Department of Germanic Studies has a faculty of about sixteen, conducting research in areas as diverse as German, Scandinavian, and Dutch literature from the Middle Ages to the present, Austrian Studies, literary theory, gender studies, Jewish studies, Holocaust literature, transnational cultural studies, film and media studies, material culture, foreign language learning and pedagogy, computer-mediated communication, phonology, history of linguistics, syntax, semantics, computational lexicography, language contact and death, and documentation of endangered languages.
Why Study a Germanic Language?
Learning a foreign language is an enriching experience. There is no better way to develop self-awareness and an understanding of other peoples and cultures. In today's increasingly interrelated world can you really afford not to know a foreign language? The skills and knowledge gained from studying a foreign language, literature, and culture constitute excellent preparation for careers in international transportation, communications, foreign trade and banking, foreign service, international business, teaching, and library services. Majors in German or Scandinavian Studies can also acquire a broad liberal arts background for further study in law and the health sciences. Students needing further assistance with applications to the University should contact the Office of Admissions or the Undergraduate Advisor in Germanic Studies. Important information that applies to undergraduate study is also available through The College of Liberal Arts Advising Offices.