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German Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Learn much more than the German language with a Bachelor of Arts in German studies. In this program, you’ll experience the rich culture of Germany through literature, art, music and pop culture.

Creighton students seeking to earn a degree in German studies benefit from small class sizes, computer-assisted language learning and supportive faculty mentors.

Studying German offers you distinct advantages. Graduates learn how to communicate with 100 million native German-speaking Europeans and 1.38 million German-speaking Americans.

With the skills gained in this immersive program, you’ll be able to travel and communicate easily in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and neighboring countries.

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Program Details

Program Goals

The Bachelor of Arts in German studies is designed to immerse students in German culture including its literature, art, music and pop culture.

When you pursue a German degree at Creighton, you’ll enroll in:

  • Beginning and intermediate courses that focus on communicative languages skills and grammar
  • Advanced courses that focus on culture and history, such as film, business and economics, literature, contemporary culture and conversation



A degree in German Studies requires 27 credits. A minimum of 15 credits toward the major must be taken at Creighton.

Completion of one of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better is required for admission to the German Studies major.

  • GER 225: Intermediate German
  • GER 303: German Literature and Civilization I: From the Middle Ages to 1871
  • GER 304: German Literature and Civilization II: From 1871 to the Present

Program electives include:

  • The European Union
  • Marxism
  • German 19th Century Literature
  • German Novelle
  • Western European Political Systems

View German Studies Major Curriculum

German Studies Minor

Students can explore the broad interdisciplinary field of German and German-speaking Europe with a minor, which can be earned in 12 credits.

View German Studies Minor Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Goethe Institute Testing

The ability to understand and speak German is a career enhancer for most job applicants—especially those who seek employment with organizations that conduct business in Europe. Students can become certified through Goethe Institute Testing.

Creighton is an official testing center for internationally recognized certifications at the A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1 level.

Our Midwest-Testing Center works with the Goethe-Institute in Chicago and München, Germany.

Experience Germany firsthand through a study abroad trip, too, and improve your marketability with potential employers.

As part of the curriculum, you may take German 525 “The New Berlin”, a three-week intensive immersion experience in Berlin during Pre-Session (mid-May to beginning of June).

  • Interact with residents of Berlin
  • Tour landmarks and museums
  • Participate in international language school courses
  • Be part of small group explorations for professional fields (e.g., medical, business, social, cultural explorations)

Some Creighton students have spent an entire semester abroad at Marburg, Trier or the Catholic University of Eichstätt. Find more information at the Global Engagement Office.

German-American Club

  • This club aims to increase awareness and appreciation of German culture and language through various activities and group events.

Recent graduates who have majored or minored in languages are active in:

  • Banking
  • International business
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Graduate schools
  • Translation
  • Court reporting
  • Middle school and secondary education

Our recent German majors and minors have received honors including:

  • 3 Fulbright scholarships
  • DAAD RISE scholarship for research in Saarbrücken
  • 6-month DAAD scholarship with internship in Hanover and semester in Eichstätt

Recent graduate and professional school placements include:

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Leipzig
  • Ohio State University

Still have questions?

Reach out to an admissions counselor.

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