Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is German?

Reunification has underscored the political, economic, and cultural importance of Germany. After English, German is the second most popular language in much of Europe. Historically Germans have been one of the largest ethnic groups among American immigrants. Students of German, therefore, not only learn about another people; they also gain insights into and a fresh perspective on their own history, society, and culture.

German majors select courses in language skills, literature, and culture. A flexible program of related courses enables students to complete a major in German and in a second field. Many students choose history, international studies, political science, business a natural science or engineering, or a science-related major.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Experience the culture

You can experience the culture of Germany through co-curricular activities such as "Kaffee im King" our weekly German language coffee hour, where students get to know their peers and also have an opportunity to practice their conversational German.  Students are also encouraged to get involved with the Miami University German club, that puts on fun German related events and activities throughout the academic year.

Study abroad

German majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to study abroad. An annual summer program of intensive language study that takes students to Heidelberg, Jena, Dessau and Berlin is organized by the German faculty every year. Each year, several students elect to spend a semester or a year at a German university while earning credit toward a Miami degree. Popular destinations are Munich and Lüneburg.

Conduct research

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

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.

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 with Oral Proficiency Testing, and Written Proficiency Testing in several languages through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Expand your career options

All the language majors at Miami are designed to allow you to complete a second major within four years. This broadens your education and 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 journalists, foreign affairs analysts, economists, architects, engineers, bankers, lawyers, and teachers. Others attend graduate school in a variety of study areas.

Like other liberal arts backgrounds, a major in a modern language serves as a good base for careers in fields where broad educational experience is more important than a strictly vocational knowledge. Combining language expertise with other skills can lead to positions in such diverse areas as journalism, business, tourism, government service, and engineering. Many students combine their German major or minor with a second major or minor to leverage their skills in order to achieve their career goals.

Some job titles directly related to 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.

Language majors can also take advantage of our teacher certification program and work in public and private schools. An undergraduate degree in a modern 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