Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
German culture has shaped cultural heritage in Europe and the United States for hundreds of years. Currently, more than 120 million people around the globe claim German as their first language. German is the second most common language on the internet. It is the language of poets, philosophers, theologians and the sciences. More than 100 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to Germans in chemistry, literature, medicine, physics and more. German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and the second most frequently spoken language in Europe. German is the official language not only of Germany, but it is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is the native language of many people in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France and regions of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Romania.
Germany is on the frontline of new technologies. In addition to well-established companies ranging from Adidas to Volkswagen and Lufthansa to Siemens, Germany has emerged as the world’s leader in the field of wind and solar power production. Germany’s capital, Berlin – “the Silicon Valley of Europe” – is a hub for innovative startups. Germany annually hosts some of the largest international technology and trade fairs.
With classes ranging from introductory and intermediate language, to civilization, politics, literature and the arts, our German program is a great fit for both beginning and advanced speakers. You can even join one of our study abroad trips to get firsthand knowledge of the people, language and cultures of the German-speaking world.
A versatile degree
Proficiency in German paves the way for employment opportunities in the United States, as well as in the European Union. Germany’s economy is ranked fourth in the world – following the United States, China and Japan – and it ranks third in global exports. U.S. News and World Report ranks Germany third overall on its list of best countries. German and U.S. investments are closely tied: German companies account for 700,000 jobs in the United States, while the United States accounts for roughly the same number of jobs in Germany.
German public universities, ranked as some of the best in the world, offer tuition-free higher education to qualified applicants, making it an attractive option for graduate study. A graduate degree from a German university opens doors to international opportunities.
In today’s globalized society, many industries from automobile manufacturing to biotechnology to information systems need bilingual employees who speak both English and German. The ability to speak German makes you a stronger candidate in fields such as:
- Computer programming
- Customer service
- Information technology
- International business
- International law
- Interpretation and translation services
- Music and the arts
- Renewable energies, including solar, water and wind
More than simply a language
The professors in SFA’s modern languages program don't just teach language – they allows students to experience German culture firsthand. German poets, novelists, historians and notable public figures visit SFA's campus to bring Germanic culture directly to the classroom. SFA’s German language students have the opportunity to study for a semester or an academic year at our partner university, the Universität Koblenz-Landau, and to participate in faculty-led study abroad classes in Frankfurt, Leipzig, Munich and Berlin. The German program at SFA provides cultural lessons that prepare you for life in a modern, globalized society.
Undergraduate programs and requirements
Bachelor of Arts in modern languages – German concentration
For more information about the requirements of this program, please discuss with your advisor.
Minor in modern languages – German concentration
For more information about the requirements of this program, please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin or discuss with your advisor.