German, B.A.

An undergraduate degree in German provides you not only with the strong linguistic skills necessary to effectively communicate, but also looks at the rich history and culture associated with it. As a major in German, you will explore the origins of the language, developing an informed understanding of the civilization and people through an examination of literature and artistic and social achievements.

The German major is flexibly designed to accommodate your interests. Through coursework and multiple study abroad opportunities, you develop a rich understanding of both the language and culture of the various parts of the world related to German.

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Program Overview

German majors analyze and examine the vast areas of rich history associated with Germany, the arts, literature and culture. Our curriculum focuses on multiple aspects of German history and influence, with courses including, but not limited to:

  • Culture and Media
  • Jewish and Muslim Germany
  • German Thinkers, Writers, Scientists
  • German-language Film
Ainee O'Connor

LR provided me with an opportunity to balance being a student and an athlete, allowed me to build friendships with people from all around the world and gave me the opportunity to travel.

Ainee O'Connor '20, German/International Economics

Learning Outside the Classroom

German majors have lots of opportunities to practice German and learn about German history and culture.

  • Study Abroad

    As a German major, you are strongly encouraged to participate in appropriate study abroad experiences in one or more of the many international opportunities offered at LR.

    Your total immersion in a culture and language will best ensure optimal proficiency with the language and culture. Our Shuford Center for International Education offers many study abroad opportunities through partnerships with organizations abroad. 

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  • Student Activities & Organizations

    On campus, you have opportunities to participate in the Foreign Language Club and with programming offered through Office of International Education programs with international students attending LR.

    Lenoir-Rhyne hosts an annual Foreign Language Festival in celebration of the study of diverse languages and cultures. Through the festival, students experience different foods, music and customs from other cultures.

    Additional events and activities are offered during the year devoted to history and culture.

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Career Opportunities

Preparation in the German major furnishes you with ample professional opportunities, as Germany is the most populous European nation and more people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe.

  • German Language & Culture

    German is also the official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. And it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe.

    In addition, German is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English. In total, learning German connects one to about 120 million native speakers around the globe, as well as a vast number of others who have learned it as a second language.

  • Career Outlook

    Given the wide-ranging influences of the German language, there are substantial opportunities for German majors after graduation.

    German Studies graduates work in publishing houses, as librarians or documentalists, or as cultural managers or journalists. They also may teach German, and some combine teaching German as a foreign language with translation or interpreting.

    Given the prominence of German culture around the world, professional opportunities are available in a wide array of political, diplomatic, financial, economic, and/or business settings for career development and advancement.

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Major Requirements

The modern language programs in German and Spanish are designed to provide students with appropriate linguistic skills, to develop a knowledge and sympathetic understanding of cultural differences, and to inform them of the civilization, culture, literature, and other social and artistic achievements of the respective countries. The programs are flexible enough to accommodate students seeking a degree in a modern language, a degree in International Business or International Economics, a double major, or simply a minor in a modern language. The German and Spanish major earns a B.A. degree. Two years of study are available in Chinese and Greek.


Students majoring in Modern Languages and judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in German or Spanish. To graduate ''With Honors in German or Spanish,'' students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and complete nine credits of honors courses in the major, including German or Spanish 499. In addition, they must pass an oral examination and be approved by the faculty. The 499 course does not count toward the major requirements.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad for a semester or an entire year since only total immersion in the language will ensure the desired level of proficiency. The Department of Modern Languages, in conjunction with the Office of International Education and faculty advisors, will make every effort to assist students in their study abroad experience.

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