B.A. in German
Become a global professional with superior levels of German language skills.
Study German at the University of Mississippi to learn the language, linguistics, history, and culture of the German-speaking world. Gain the cultural awareness and intellectual strategies necessary to successfully navigate the interconnected and multicultural world in which we live.
The native language of more than 120 million people and a foreign language spoken by 80 million people worldwide, German is an international language of business, education, science, and technology. University of Mississippi German majors attain the cultural awareness and intellectual strategies necessary to successfully navigate the interconnected and multicultural world in which we live.
A liberal arts education empowers and prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people. Careers related to German include education, international business & banking, tourism, journalism, law, translation, foreign service, cultural affairs, military service, and health care, among others.
German majors have a wide variety of outside-the-classroom opportunities for language learning including participation in a living learning community, the Language Resource Center, plenty of informal opportunities to practice language skills, an intensive summer program, and study abroad opportunities.
B.A. in German Faculty
There are four German faculty in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi with research interests ranging from medieval literature to 21st-century culture and film.
A major in German for the B.A. degree requires 30 semester hours beyond the 200 level, including German (Germ) 303, 304, and 331, and at least 9 hours at the 500 level. Students must complete a minimum of 9 of the 30 upper-division credits in residence on the University of Mississippi campus at Oxford, Tupelo, or Southaven. A maximum of 15 of the 30 upper- division credits for the major may be taken through an approved study abroad program.
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in German program are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements.
Dee (B.A. in German and international studies, 2011) spent his junior year of high school in Germany as a Congress-Bundestag Scholar, and started college at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he was a highly decorated student, including his election as International Vice-President of Phi Theta Kappa. At UM, Dee became a Croft Scholar, a Roosevelt Fellow with the Honors College, and studied abroad in Mainz, Germany. After graduation, he taught English in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and became a policy analyst at the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. After spending a year as a German Chancellor Fellow to research German workforce and vocational educational systems, Dee is currently the Director of the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program.
Why study German at UM?
It's vital that any student of German understands not only the language, but the cultural nuances inherently woven within Germany's narrative. The faculty strike a balance between the technical aspects of learning German and the cultural contextualization that makes learning fun. What's more, the connection doesn't end once you've graduated - I'm still connected with my favorite professor."
Join the German Club and Delta Phi Alpha, a German honor society.