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German is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union. It is spoken primarily in Germany, Austria, most of Luxembourg, part of Switzerland, and Lichtenstein.  It is also one of the three official languages of Belgium. Faculty members specialize in language teaching, business German, German linguistics, studies in film, literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the current day, and teaching methodology.

A degree in German prepares students to pursue careers in teaching, international law, hospitality and tourism, communications and international business.

Undergraduate: B.A.

The German major combines practice in reading, speaking, and writing about themes of general interest and about topics related to business and other professions.  In addition, students read and discuss important literary works and explore German cultural history.

Students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience while attending USC.  An intensive 4-week summer program in Wittenberg, Germany, is offered, as well as a one-year or one-semester exchange program with the University of Bamberg. There are also many out of the classroom opportunities for students majoring in German to practice their language skills, including a German Club and a German Film Series.

Graduate: M.A.

The German Program at the University of South Carolina trains students to teach and do research in German and related fields. The expertise of the German faculty encompasses literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day, modern and historical linguistics, applied linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, music, film, and women’s and gender studies. Additional faculty members affiliated with the program specialize in German philosophy, music, art history, religious studies, and medieval English and medieval Scandinavian language and literature. Graduate programs lead to the M.A. in German, the M.A.T. in German, the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration in German and the PhD in Linguistics with a concentration in Germanic linguistics. Financial support is available in the form of teaching assistantships and a variety of fellowships. Graduate students have the opportunity to study and conduct dissertation research at our partner university, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg.


Department Chair
Nicholas Vazsonyi

Undergraduate Director
Kurt Goblirsch

Graduate Director
Francisco Sanchez

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