Department of Germanic Studies

Why Study a Germanic Language?

Why Study a Germanic Language?

Learning a foreign language is an enriching experience. There is no better way to develop an understanding of other peoples and cultures as well as one’s own. In today's increasingly interrelated world can you really afford not to know a foreign language? The skills and knowledge gained from studying a foreign language, literature, and culture constitute excellent preparation for careers in international transportation, communications, foreign trade and banking, foreign service, international business, teaching, and library services. But they are also not restricted to these fields. More and more, various businesses and job recruiters are looking for graduates with a background in foreign languages and cultures, with German and other Germanic and Scandinavian languages often at the top of the list.  Majors in German (GER) or German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies (GSD) can also acquire a broad liberal arts background for further study in law and the health sciences. Take a look for yourself!

The Department of Germanic Studies has a faculty of about sixteen, conducting research in areas as diverse as German, Scandinavian, and Dutch literature from the Middle Ages to the present, Austrian Studies, literary theory, gender studies, Jewish studies, Holocaust literature, transnational cultural studies, film studies, material culture, foreign language learning and pedagogy, computer-mediated communication, phonology, history of linguistics, syntax, semantics, computational lexicography, language contact and death, and documentation of endangered languages.

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