German Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

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In the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in German studies program, you’ll learn much more than the language. You’ll experience the rich culture of Germany, through literature, art, music and pop culture.

At Creighton, you’ll find:

  • Small classes
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Textbooks that emphasize communication
  • Faculty-mentors who work with you and for you

Studying German offers you distinct advantages:

  • The ability to communicate with 100 million native German-speaking Europeans, and 1.38 million German-speaking Americans
  • The ability to communicate easily in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and neighboring countries
  • The ability to experience great literature in its original language

When you pursue a bachelor’s in German at Creighton, you’ll take:

  • Beginning and intermediate German courses that focus on communicative languages skills and grammar
  • Advanced courses that focus on culture and history, and on specific topics like German film, German for business and economics, German literature, contemporary German culture, and German conversation

Become certified with optional 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.

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.

Outcomes

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

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about the rich culture of Germany, through literature, art, music and pop culture.
  • Participate in intensive immersion experiences, or study abroad, if you choose.
  • Improve your marketability with potential employers.

Curriculum

German Studies B.A. Curriculum

Study Abroad

As part of the curriculum, you may take German 525 “The New Berlin”, a 3-week intensive immersion experience in Berlin during Pre-Session (mid-May to beginning of June).

  • Interact with local 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. The Office of International Programs (OIP) can provide more information.

Student Organizations

  • Deutschklub

    A community of German-speaking students on campus.

  • German-American Club

    This club aims to increase awareness and appreciation of German culture and language.

Admissions Requirements

Completion of GER 202 Intermediate German II or GER 303 German Literature and Civilization I: From the Middle Ages to 1871 with a grade of “C” or better is required to declare the major.

Learn about general admissions requirements for Creighton University or find out how to transfer.

Tuition & Scholarships

Scholarships

Many scholarships are available to U.S. students studying German, including the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

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