German Studies

German Studies

Program Description

German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world. As part of AUM’s World Languages and Cultures program, the German Studies concentration offers students the chance to gain a high level of proficiency in the German language and develop an in-depth critical understanding of German language and cultural life, past and present. Graduates are prepared to communicate effectively in German and English, to function well in cross-cultural contexts, and to contribute meaningfully in addressing today’s global challenges.

The German Studies degree is an exploration of the language, literature and culture of German-speaking countries. Many of the greatest thinkers and artists of the modern era–including Einstein, Freud, Nietzsche, Beethoven, Kafka–came from these regions, while almost every discipline in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences has a strong German tradition. In addition, Germany plays a crucial role in the European Union, on the world political stage, and in economic dealings with the United States.

This BA in German Studies offers you the possibility of participating in this vibrant cultural tradition first hand, enabling you to develop the five skills of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural competency in German. The program includes a culture track and a trade track. In the culture track, the student takes more internationally-related course work in the humanities and political science. In the trade track, the student takes courses in international economics and business. Students benefit from a wide array of study-abroad opportunities.

AUM German majors have successfully pursued careers in business, engineering, finance, law, journalism, government service, teaching, medicine, and the sciences, as well as in music and film.

Put Your Degree to Work

A language and cultures degree in German will provide a solid platform from which to enter a range of interesting job sectors, including:

  • Advertising, marketing & PR
  • Banking and finance
  • Charity, nonprofit & NGO
  • Culture, music & performing arts
  • Hospitality & tourism
  • Law
  • Management consulting & business
  • Media
  • Public sector
  • Retail & sales
  • Teaching
  • Transport & logistics

For More Information

Department of History and World Languages & Cultures 
​Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 348

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the German Studies concentration within the World Languages and Cultures program includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
GEOG 3950Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsGeographic Information Systems history and theory, spatial concepts, research design, computer cartography, data collection and entry, information, storage, relational database design, digitizing, raster/vector operations, GPS and GIS, remote sensing analysis, overlay operations, spatial statistics and predictive modeling, spatial queries, and GIS output.
INTL 3000Introduction to International Studies (writing intensive)An interdisciplinary course that focuses on cultural differences that influence attitudes, assumptions and behavior, especially as they affect intercultural communications.
INTL 4400Special Topics in INTL (writing intensive)Period or topic courses in International Studies, the exact emphasis announced at each course offering.
GERM 1010Elementary German I/LabFundamentals of German language skills stressed. Exposure to Germanic civilization. For students with no previous background or less than two years of high school German. Multi-media computer lab required.
GERM 1020Elementary German II/LabReview of basic German grammar and vocabulary. Fundamentals of German language skills with progressive emphasis on conversation. Fulfills the School of Liberal Arts foreign language core requirement. Multi-media computer lab required. Prerequisite GERM 1010.
GERM 2010Intermediate German I/LabLanguage skills stressed; structural review and composition; readings in German literature and German civilization. Multi-media computer lab required. Prerequisite GERM 1020.
GERM 2020Intermediate German II/LabContinued review of German grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. Additional work in composition; readings in German literature and civilization. Multi-media computer lab required. Prerequisite GERM 2010.
Four GERM courses at 3000 or 4000 level (12 semester hours — must include conversation, composition, and civilization course)
Business/Electives (12 semester hours)
Economics (3 semester hours)

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