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German Program

Expand your horizons through German studies

Our curriculum appeals to a wide range of interests and prepares you for a variety of professions. We offer courses in elementary German, but you can move directly into intermediate and upper-level courses, if you have already studied German in high school. Of course, the best way to become truly fluent in the language is to study abroad. Binghamton sponsors a nationally recognized study-abroad program in Graz, Austria. Our German courses are taught in a student-centered, learner-friendly setting. Classes stress interaction, culture and communication.

Major in German

It's important for our majors to acquire language proficiency and an understanding of the culture and literature of German-speaking countries. For the major, 40 credits are required, excluding elementary German.

Required courses include:

A number of courses toward the major can be taken during study abroad. Proficiency certification in German is offered to students through internationally recognized examinations administered by the Goethe Institute.

We welcome and encourage double majors, which allow students to combine expertise in another field with knowledge of German language and culture. Double majors take nine courses in German. A capstone independent-study project linking the two majors can complete the student's program. Departmental Honors are awarded to students for demonstrated proficiency in the language, high GPA and outstanding independent work.

Our curriculum stresses the development of:

Students may also develop advanced computer skills, learn teaching skills and gain internship experience.

Minor in German

The minor in German is awarded to students taking any combination of 24 credits above elementary German. A departmental adviser will discuss a program tailored to the student's needs.

The Dual Degree Program in German and Engineering/Computer Science

Earn a BA in German and a BS in engineering or computer science in five years. Majors in the Watson School of Engineering are offered in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial and systems design. It is possible to be admitted into the program with no prior knowledge of German.

Students follow the regular engineering curriculum and take some of the following courses in German: German for science and engineering, cultural studies and several engineering courses in which they complete assignments in German with the assistance of graduate engineering students from Germany who are resources specialists in the Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program. Students spend a semester at the Technische Universität Graz, Austria; there they usually complete an internship. Students who start but cannot complete the five-year dual-degree program may still earn certification or a minor in German.

A Minor in German and BA in Management

This program gives an international dimension to a management degree. Enter Europe's most dynamic economy with a sound background in management and linguistic and cultural fluency in German. Students in this program will benefit from studying abroad at Leipzig University's School of Management; an internship in Germany allows students to apply language skills directly to career opportunities in international commerce and management.

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Last Updated: 2/7/13