German

What is German?

German is the national language of two European countries and one of the official languages of five others. German is spoken by over 100 million people throughout the world. German is one of the great languages of literature, research, and scholarship. Study of German gives students command of the language used by one of our leading trade partners in Western Europe, a country that is very important to our political and economic life. At UCSB, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in German is for students who wish to pursue international business or politics, gain admission to a master’s degree program with a teaching emphasis, earn a secondary-level teaching credential, and beyond. Department advisors assist students with program planning and course selection. The courses are designed for students with a wide range of interests, including careers in business, government, law, medicine, media, and translation. 

Study of German prepares students for a wealth of careers ranging from international business to politics to education. Students who major in German are able to pursue other disciplines within the fine arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, which require or are enhanced by knowledge of German.  Also, because the structural features and much of the vocabulary of English are derived from Germanic roots, study of German enhances students’ written and verbal communication skills in English—skills that will serve them well in their future academic, personal, and professional lives.

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