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Bachelor of Arts in German

Merely learning the German language is only part of it. The German program at the University of St. Thomas offers a comprehensive, challenging and diverse curriculum accommodating a variety of student interests and professional goals through innovative curriculum, extracurricular events, internships, service learning opportunities and study abroad. 

Why Study German at St. Thomas?

Whether you have previous knowledge of German or no background at all, we will prepare you for the future by helping you attain a global education. Our goal is to help you become bicultural and bilingual while providing you with a command of German that you can use in your academic and professional lives. We will also acquaint you with the history and literature of German-speaking countries, deepen your knowledge of multiple fields with courses focusing on topics like STEM and sustainability and familiarize you with the role German-speaking countries and their cultures play in the world today. We also support interdisciplinary opportunities such as double majors and dual degrees like the international engineering program.

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  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Community Engagement and Internships
  • Scholarships
  • You start your journey in foundational courses, developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in a cultural context. From there, you advance into interdisciplinary courses that develop the tools you need for the real world, including advanced language skills and STEM. German majors take six additional classes while minors complete three.
    Students placing into GERM 212 and above typically pursue a major or minor in German, declaring their intent by the end of their first year. We recommend scheduling an appointment with the program director early in your academic career to develop a four-year plan and discuss the diverse array of opportunities available to you including courses, internships, community engagement, grants and study abroad programs.
    • Bachelor of Arts in German
    • International Engineering Dual Degree: Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering
    • Minor in German
    Service learning and internships are integral to upper-level German courses. In the past, students have interned with German-American companies such as Siemens, SICK and ZEISS. Students have also collaborated with the non-profit organizations for service learning opportunities.

    The German program offers scholarships for on and off-campus study, research and community engagement. Scholarship opportunities include:

    • Bruce Larson Study Abroad Scholarship
    • Bruce Larson Community Engagement Scholarships
    • Dr. Joseph Federico Austria Scholarship
    • Dr. Paul Schons Germany Scholarship

    Course Requirements

    You start your journey in foundational courses, developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in a cultural context. From there, you advance into interdisciplinary courses that develop the tools you need for the real world, including advanced language skills and STEM. German majors take six additional classes while minors complete three.

    Four-Year Plan

    Students placing into GERM 212 and above typically pursue a major or minor in German, declaring their intent by the end of their first year. We recommend scheduling an appointment with the program director early in your academic career to develop a four-year plan and discuss the diverse array of opportunities available to you including courses, internships, community engagement, grants and study abroad programs.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in German
    • International Engineering Dual Degree: Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering
    • Minor in German

    Community Engagement and Internships

    Service learning and internships are integral to upper-level German courses. In the past, students have interned with German-American companies such as Siemens, SICK and ZEISS. Students have also collaborated with the non-profit organizations for service learning opportunities.

    Scholarships

    The German program offers scholarships for on and off-campus study, research and community engagement. Scholarship opportunities include:

    • Bruce Larson Study Abroad Scholarship
    • Bruce Larson Community Engagement Scholarships
    • Dr. Joseph Federico Austria Scholarship
    • Dr. Paul Schons Germany Scholarship
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    Career Paths

    German students have a wide variety of career paths available to them. The skills you gain from our program prepare you to enter a wide range of fields from STEM to education.

    • Sustainability
    • Teaching and education
    • International business
    • Engineering, science and technology fields
    • Graduate school
    • International media
    • Foreign and public service – politics, government, church, military, etc.

    Prepared to Lead

    German students are not only ready for a range of careers, but they also are prepared to lead others when they graduate from St. Thomas.

    20%

    Graduates with German language and cultural skills earn 20% higher salaries and gain entry into leadership positions faster.

    Growing Program

    Our program is one of the few growing programs in Minnesota, and St. Thomas offers the only international engineering program in the state too.

    Career-Ready

    Our students graduate with a career-ready skillset, prepared for the job market or graduate school.

    Get Involved

    Students have unique opportunities to engage with not only their peers, but also the greater German community in the Twin Cities.
    Students connect to the Twin Cities German community through carefully designed assignments, internships, volunteering and service learning projects.
    We offer extracurricular events to our students and the community, ranging from film festivals to our annual “Adventssingen” Christmas party.
    Our students learn important practical skills through collaborative research, study abroad and internships.

    A Diverse Array of Opportunities

    German students have a wide range of opportunities available to them throughout their career at St. Thomas and beyond.