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German Studies for the 21st Century

Carolina’s German Program offers two different undergraduate majors and a minor. It boasts thirteen faculty members with expertise in language teaching and a broad research agenda covering linguistics, literary analysis, cultural history, cinema and media studies, as well as philosophy and theory. Together with Duke University’s Department of German Studies, Carolina’s German faculty co-administers the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies, one of the leading graduate programs in German studies.

Studying German at Carolina means that from the start you will be in small-sized classes in which close collaboration with teaching faculty is commonplace. While making considerable strides with your acquisition of the German language you can enroll in a wide array of content-drive courses taught in both English and German. Many of these courses can count toward your general education requirements and even fast track you to the minor. Faculty in the German program have affiliations with African, African American, & Diaspora Studies; Classics; English & Comparative Literature; Film Studies; Jewish Studies; Linguistics; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; and Religious Studies. With its connections throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, German Program faculty help its students get connected and get ahead.

Carolina’s Study Abroad Office maintains an extensive portfolio of study abroad options for students of German in Germany and Austria. Students can leapfrog over two semester of language instruction by going to Berlin for a summer semester. Students can spend the spring semester in Heidelberg, Tübingen or Freiburg located in southwest Germany. Especially eager students have a considerable number of year-long programs to chose from. The biannual Chappel German Study Abroad Merit Scholarship can help students defray the costs of making study abroad an unforgettable part of their undergraduate experience. Students with specific careers in mind can apply to the internship programs offered by the German American Exchange or FU-BEST and secure not only job experience but also receive three experiential learning credits toward their degree.

The German Program at Carolina is a small caring collegiate community at a large sometimes anonymous flagship university. Students, faculty and staff feel like family away from home.