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German Studies

University of Richmond
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
University of Richmond

Program description

German Studies

Becoming proficient in German will enable you to communicate with more than 100 million speakers worldwide and give you an edge if you contemplate a career in Europe. German is the most widely spoken native language in the European Union and Germany wields enormous economic and political influence. The Federal Republic of Germany has the largest economy in the EU and the third largest economy in the world. Major thinkers in the fields of philosophy, literature, medicine, psychology, science, environmental studies, and sociology were or are German speakers, and there have been over 100 Nobel laureates from German-speaking countries since 1901. German is a key language for research, business, media, and science, and Germany is a leader in biotechnology and renewable energy.

The University of Richmond's German Studies program combines a solid foundation in German language, literature and culture with an interdisciplinary array of elective options in film, cultural studies, history, linguistics, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. In addition, students interested in international business can pursue a cross-school major in German/International Business, or enhance their academic profile with a minor in German Studies. A major or minor in German Studies will prepare you for a job market that values global awareness, communication skills, critical synthesis, and the capacity to perform on an increasingly transnational stage.

Study abroad on an approved program in a German-speaking country is strongly encouraged. Students pursuing a cross-school major in international business and German Studies are required to study abroad for at least one semester.

All students must have satisfied their COM2 general education language requirement in German or have equivalent proficiency before beginning 300 level coursework.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

German Studies Major & Minor courses

  • Conversation and Composition
  • Introduction to German Literature (18th-20th century)
  • Europe's Immigration Crisis
  • Nazi Germany
  • Reformation Europe
  • Modern Germany
  • Europe in Crisis, 1881-1945
  • Cold War Europe, 1945-1991
  • Introductory Linguistics
  • Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture
  • German Cinema
  • Representing the Holocaust
  • Performing Sex and Gender
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Europe Today

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Major

  • Understanding historical language change
  • Working with original sources in many fields
  • Determining the needs of others
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Weighing values
  • Writing clearly

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410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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