Department of Foreign Languages
College of Arts and Letters
California State University Sacramento
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Why Study German?
The reasons for studying German are as diverse as the
students who actually do so. German is spoken in three countries with
widely diverse cultural, political and economic traditions: the Federal
Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
There is the challenge and pleasure of mastering the German language. There opens up to the student of German a fascinating literary tradition. In becoming acquainted with a culture that is central to the history, economy, and civilization of the West, many students will simultaneously be deepening their knowledge of their own heritage. As a student of German one develops skills in critical analysis as well as spoken and written communication that will prepares one for a wide range of graduate studies and careers.
The study of German is a classic “liberal arts” major, comparable to the study of such subjects as English, Philosophy, or Sociology. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in German does not lead directly into a specific career track in the way that studying, for example, Engineering, Nursing, or Accounting might, it does stimulate both creative thinking and a contrastive outlook on American life. Experience abroad is regarded as a plus by many potential employers, who fully expect to provide specialized training to their new employees and are therefore primarily interested in your adaptability and overall intellectual organizational, and communicative abilities.
For graduate work and careers in the natural and social
sciences, as well as in linguistics, comparative literature, history, art
history, and music, facility with German is a decided advantage. With a BA
in German you will be prepared for a number of different careers—a liberal
arts background, especially in German, is a very strong plus in such
diverse fields as communications, foreign trade, international banking,
the tourist industry, libraries, archives, the book trade, film studies
and/or film production.
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