Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is German?

Unification has underscored the political, economic, and cultural importance of Germany. German has become the second most popular language after English in much of Europe. Germans have also been one of the largest ethnic groups among American immigrants. Students of German, therefore, not only learn about another people; they gain new insights and perspectives on our own history, society, and culture.

German majors select courses in language skills, literature, and culture. A flexible program of related courses enables you to complete a major both in German and in a second field. Many students choose international studies, political science, or diplomacy and foreign affairs. Business minors are very popular with our students. Advanced German classes are kept small to provide personal attention.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Experience the culture

You can experience the culture of Germany through our many co-curricular activities: Stammtisch, where you can improve your conversational German, watch international television from Germany via satellite, read German periodicals online, and participate in a wide range of opportunities.

Study abroad

German majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to study abroad. An annual summer program of intensive language study in Heidelberg and Berlin is organized by the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages. Each year, about four or five students elect to spend an entire year at a German or Austrian university while earning credit toward a Miami degree. For example, Miami has an ongoing exchange agreement with the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Conduct research

You have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor, either on your own research project with input from a professor or on a professor's research. And you earn a special notation, Departmental Honors, when you successfully complete the project.

Receive certification

Miami's program has had very good success in preparing students for the International Business German Examination. In recent years, up to four percent of all students in the United States who passed and received certification were from Miami.

Modern facilities

The Interactive Language Resource Center (ILRC) welcomes all students at Miami University and is the technical hub of the four foreign language departments. Students enrolled in language courses use the ILRC to supplement and enhance their foreign language courses with language specific computer assisted language learning (CALL) software, access internet and network applications, and use various language learning specific software. Since the 1950s, when the Language Laboratory first opened to the public, the ILRC has strived to stay technologically advanced and up to date with the current trends in language learning techniques.

The ILRC serves an average of 17,800 visits each academic year. Since the ILRC began operations in 1956, we have recorded over 1,030,000 student visits to our facilities. Students have access to online movies and videos through our ILRC-Online video and file server. Up-to-date and current software allows students to create papers, reports, presentations, access the web, play simulated role-playing games, communicate and conference with each other, as well as have the resources to create many other projects and assignments. Students can print either black and white or color copies with our Pay-to-Print system.

The ILRC also assists other areas in the university, such as students in the departments and programs of American Studies, American Culture & English Program, Communication, Educational Psychology, English, Film Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, the Western Program, and even Accounting! We also assist the Graduate College and the College of Education with SPEAK testing (for all incoming graduate students whose native language is not English), Oral Proficiency Testing, and Written Proficiency Testing in several languages through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The ILRC also assists the College of Arts and Science, the four language departments, and the College’s Advising Office with the administration and maintenance of the foreign language placement exams throughout the year.

Communicate internationally

You can view important events from around the world on SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning), the international news programming network which is part of Miami's academic cable television system. You also have access to international e-mail networks and bulletin boards through Netscape.

Expand your career options

The foreign language majors at Miami are designed to allow you to complete a second major within four years. This broadens your education as well as your career possibilities.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

In addition to Global Miami Plan Foundation classes, you are required to complete 27 semester hours in order to complete the major. Classes include Passionate Friendships in German Literature and Linguistic Perspectives in Contemporary German.

What can I do with this major?

Recent graduates are working as industry sales assistants, marketing and government agency specialists, bankers, lawyers, teachers, and airline personnel. Others are attending graduate school in a variety of study areas.

Like other liberal arts backgrounds, a major in foreign language and literature serves as a good base for careers in fields where broad educational experience is more important than a strictly vocational major. Combining language knowledge with other skills can lead to positions in such diverse areas as journalism, business, tourism, government service, and the armed forces. A second major or minor are options many language students choose to help achieve their career goals.

Some job titles directly related to foreign language study are interpreter, travel agent, foreign correspondent, translator, librarian, immigration inspector, radio announcer, Peace Corps member, international public relations specialist, and international market researcher.

Many language majors take advantage of our teacher certification program and work in public and private schools. An undergraduate degree in a foreign language is a solid foundation for graduate work in international business, law, diplomacy, library science, or more specialized study in language.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
170 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056