German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, the official language in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, and is commonly used as a second language in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe. The German economy alone ranks number one in Europe and number five worldwide, and Germany is home to numerous international corporations. German language skills can help towards employment with companies having global business connections.
At last count, 91 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to recipients from the three major German-speaking countries, both in the sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Medicine) and in the humanities (Literature, Peace). As such, German is relevant to such diverse fields as History, Engineering, Music, Art, International Studies, Business, and Philosophy – to name only a few. Germany awards generous scholarships for study and paid internships in Germany to those who possess some German language skills.
Both German and English are Indo-Germanic languages, affording students a ready grasp of the language, while simultaneously gaining a deeper understanding of English. Imagine reading the likes of Kafka, Freud, Goethe, and Wittgenstein in the original! Studying a language like German will also allow a unique viewpoint upon one’s own culture and history, and it can provide opportunities to interact with all those German tourists across the globe – Europe’s most generous spenders when traveling (and trailing only China and the US on the international stage).
Students can receive a B.A. degree with a major in German (Major check sheet), taking a variety of courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, and practical applications such as Business German or translation. It is also possible to supplement a primary major with a minor (Minor check sheet) in German, thus diversifying one’s dossier for careers in government, education, business, and international work. Students wishing to pursue a career in teaching German may complete a teacher licensure to become certified K-12 teachers of the language in the state of Colorado.
The German faculty specialize in a variety of sub-fields, including 19th through 21st century literature, German film and other artistic phenomena, social-political and -cultural history, and linguistics and translation.
Many of our students pursue a semester or a full academic year of study abroad in Berlin, Bamberg, Lüneburg, Salzburg, and Vienna. There are additional opportunities for summer study abroad.
German Club is a vibrant, active group of students who share an interest in German language and culture, and who meet regularly and organize a variety of cultural events on campus and in the community. Join us for our annual “Wanderwochenende”, for example, pictured in the photo gallery above.