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CSULB German is one of the most active programs in the United States, with relatively large undergraduate and graduate enrollments. The students in the program receive individualized advising and professional training that prepares them for prestigious PhD programs and law schools and results in an unusual number of Fulbright and DAAD awards among others.
German Studies offers unique intellectual and aesthetic challenges and rewards that lead to professional skills and intellectual fulfillment. The faculty is committed to facilitate every student’s interests in all aspects of German Studies topics and language acquisition, and most enthusiastically supports overseas study plans. Currently, our students study in Berlin, Oldenburg, Heidelberg, Tübingen (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), and Freiburg (Switzerland).
Why study German?
The German cultures have contributed substantially to our own cultural traditions and thoughts, music, the arts, and science. When U.S. News & World Report in 2003 published a special issue on minds that shaped our world, the only three portraits on the cover were Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, though many other German language thinkers and artists come to mind– Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche, Goethe, Schiller, Thomas Mann, and Kafka, Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, Dürer, Kaspar David Friedrich, and Paul Klee. More recently, films like “Independence Day” and “The Bad Lieutenant:Port of Call- New Orleans” were directed by Germans Wolfgang Petersen and Werner Herzog and German composer Hans Zimmer has scored movies such as “Rango,” “Inception,” and “The Lion King.”
German is the native language spoken by more than 90 million Europeans, more than any other language in the European Union. Yes, many Germans, Swiss and Austrians speak English, but in scholarship, the arts, and business, you will always remain an outsider with little genuine comprehension of their culture and mentality if you haven’t learned the language and studied the culture. After English, German is the foreign language of choice in Central and Eastern Europe and many parts of Asia. In South Korea there are more German learners than in North America!
- Germany is the world’s largest exporter.
- German is the most commonly spoken language in the EU.
- 18% of the world’s books are published in German.
- Germany is home to numerous international corporations.
- German is no harder to learn to speak and write than other languages.
- German is the second-most commonly used scientific language.
- Speaking and understanding German will deepen your knowledge of western cultural history and improve your employment opportunities.
- Learning German provides deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe’s intellectual and economic life and in its cultural history.
- In many regions, including many in the US, Germans account for the largest percentage of tourists.
German is the language of Dürer, Luther, Leibniz, Bach, Händel, Kant, von Steuben, Goethe, Mozart, Schiller, Humboldt, Beethoven, Schubert, Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Mann, Lang, Brecht, Kafka, Hesse, Einstein, Dietrich, Falco, Scorpions, Schwarzenegger…and you!
German Missions in the United States
German Program Director and Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jeffrey L. High
RGRLL Undergraduate Central Advisor (French, German and Spanish)
Dr. Laura Ceia