German (BA)

A new world opens up when you learn a foreign language and come to know a foreign culture on its own terms. The German program at Ohio State makes this experience exciting, with interesting courses, study abroad and internship programs and the German-speaking environment at the Max Kade German House on campus. As a student of German, you’ll become acquainted with a culture that is central to the history and civilization of the West and learn the language of a country that is an economic and political leader in today’s world. You’ll also develop key skills, such as critical analysis, spoken and written communication and intercultural communication, that will prepare you for a wide range of professional careers and graduate studies.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

In recent years, German majors have won Fulbrights, secured positions at BMW, Batelle, non-profits and been accepted by graduate programs and professional schools at universities in the United States and Germany. Pair German with another major to open doors, increase your earning potential, and benefit from a boost in marketability in fields like business, engineering, publishing, media, medicine, government, education, hospitality management and non-profits.

Said one student, "At the company I will be working for, we have already discussed plans of transferring to the Munich office within a few years.”

Graduate Students


Students who study German learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend the German language, but they also learn much more. Courses help students develop their ability to express their ideas clearly and persuasively, analyze and interpret texts and images, communicate across cultural boundaries and evaluate information and conduct research. The flexibility of Ohio State’s German major also makes it easier to combine it with a second major such as history, international studies, business, journalism, political science, engineering, biology or another foreign language with German. Traditionally students majoring in German pursue a liberal arts program. Many use their liberal arts preparation as a stepping-stone to advanced study or professional preparation in fields such as medicine or law.

courses you might take:

GERMAN 2254: Grimms‘ Fairy Tales and their Afterlives

In this course, we will try to understand the meaning and the enduring appeal of one of Germany’s greatest successes in the realm of cultural exportation—a book whose circulation figures are exceeded in Western culture only by those of the Bible, namely, Grimms’ fairy tales. This will mean asking a series of interlocking questions. How did the fairy tales come about? What were the aims of their compilers? How do the tales play to those aims? How do they exceed them? How do the tales tend to work structurally? What have their social and psychological effects been? How have they helped shape—and been reshaped by—popular cultures outside Germany, like popular culture in the U.S.?

GERMAN 2251: German Science Fiction

A genre of imagination and speculation that predicts the future, critiques society, constructs and deconstructs colonial fantasies, poses questions of identity and existence, explores alternate realities and journeys through time, all while attempting to unravel the enigma of alienation and estrangement of modern life. Taught in English.

GERMAN 2350: Introduction to German Studies

Broad intro to German history, culture and the field of German Studies. An ideal course for students considering a major or minor in German or for those with a general interest in German-language history and culture. The course will have four components: lectures on history (social, cultural, political, and linguistic); lectures on contemporary German-language society and culture; discussion about works of literature, film, philosophy, art, music; introductions to methods for studying language and culture. Taught in English.

GERMAN 3351: Democracy, Facism and German Culture

Culture of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany in literature, film, the other arts; the roots of fascism and its echoes in postwar Germany. Taught in English.

GERMAN 3252: The Holocaust in Literature and Film

Why, faced with a historical catastrophe of unimaginable proportions, would we devote a class to film and literature about it, rather than to “the facts”? How you say things matters. Come find out why.



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