German is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide and among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world. Many of the Western world’s most important works in philosophy, literature, music, and science are written in German and continue to be produced in German. German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world. Learning German can connect you to 120 million native speakers around the globe.

About the Major

Students majoring in German are urged to study abroad in one of the approved programs in a German-speaking area. Many German majors study in Freiburg, Munich, Heidelberg, or Hamburg. The Europe in Transition Program is a Spring semester, comparative-studies, field-research program in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Germany. It explores the process of transition to a post-industrial, post-communist, European Union. Financial aid is available for all approved programs.

German majors choose from two different concentrations:

  • German Studies: The German Studies program prepares students planning careers in international law, foreign service, and international business.
  • German Literature: German Literature focuses on writings in German from present-day German nonfiction to the prose, drama, and poetry of Goethe.

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Graduate Outcomes

Michele Gilbert '11

Michele, a German and Psychology double major, earned a Master’s of Public Health degree at Columbia University and is now a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C.

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Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3667
F 740-368-3699
E jaforman@owu.edu

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Chair–Acting, Spring Semester: Andrea Colvin
University Hall 210
740-368-3682
arcolvin@owu.edu

Academic Assistant: Jody Forman
jaforman@owu.edu