Studying German will expand your knowledge of the German culture and improve your employment opportunities. The program provides insight into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe's intellectual and economic life and cultural history. German is both the most commonly spoken language in the European Union and after English, the second-most used scientific language.
There are three major tracks within the German Bachelor of Arts in German Studies program at Kutztown: Communication and Culture, Interdisciplinary, and PA German Culture in America. A Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in German is offered in addition to two minor programs. All of the programs in German Studies are administrated through the Department of Modern Language Studies.
Bachelor of Arts in German Studies
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies will choose one of three specializations - Communication and Culture, Interdisciplinary, or Pennsylvania German Culture in America.
Communication and Culture
Students following the Communication and Culture track focus on German literature and linguistics. Comprehension of the German language is paramount. Courses include Applied Linguistics in German, German Composition & Conversation, German Culture & Civilization, German Short Story, German Film and German Drama among others.
The Interdisciplinary program focuses not just on the German language and literature, but also on German history, along with a variety of courses in such programs as Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, and Philosophy. Student in this track receive a unique and well-rounded approach to German language and culture. Courses include German Composition and Conversation, PA German Cultural Traditions, History of the Holocaust, and Kant to Hegel.
PA German Culture in America
Students in the PA German Culture in America track focus on the life and lore of the PA German people. This track also offers the opportunity to study the PA German dialect in the historic Freyberger one-room schoolhouse at the PA German Cultural Heritage Center. Courses include German Culture & Civilization, Introduction to PA German Studies, Introduction to the PA German Language, PA German Literature, and Geography of Pennsylvania.
The Communication and Culture and PA German Culture in America tracks are also offered as minors. Students from other areas of study can fulfill this minor by completing 18 semester hours in courses such as Intermediate German, German Composition and Conversation, or Introduction to PA German Studies, and Introduction to PA German Language.
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/German
The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/German program not only gives students a sound basis in the German language, but also provides a strong knowledge of educational techniques. The program is coordinated between the Department of Modern Language Studies and the Secondary Education Department in the College of Education. Learn more about a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/German. Courses include Applied Linguistics in German, German Short Story, Perspectives on American Education, Principles of Teaching, Perspectives on American Education and Instructional Technology in Education.
A Bachelor of Arts in one of the German tracks will prepare you for a career as an interpreter, translator, or for work in the government, media, business and the travel industry.
Students who complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education will be certified to teach German in grades seven through 12.
This program is taught by the Department of Modern Language Studies.
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