Texas Tech University

Languages & Cultures - German Studies


Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in German
    • Introductory and intermediate language classes
    • Advanced courses in language, literature and culture studies
    • Study abroad (administered and taught by TTU faculty)
  • M.A. in German
    • prepares students for further study in a Ph.D. program
    • prepares students for other professional careers
    • Graduate Teaching Assistants: prepares students for teaching German at all levels through an intensive teacher-training program

8 Reasons to Study German

  1. Career
    A major or minor in German guarantees a competitive edge for college graduates seeking employment at home or abroad.
  2. Global economy
    German is increasingly important for international commerce.
  3. Business
    German is one of the leading languages of the European Union.
  4. Enhance communication
    Develop your abilities to express yourself coherently and competently.
  5. Cultural understanding
    Gain insight into other ways of life and broaden your horizon. Through intercultural comparisons, develop your abilities to think analytically.
  6. Tourism and hospitality industry
    German tourists travel extensively and are the world's biggest spenders when on holiday.
  7. Science and research
    German is the 2nd most commonly used scientific language, and Germany is the 3rd largest contributor to research and development.
  8. Enjoyment of literature, music, art, and philosophy
    Broaden your cultural literacy.

Mission Statement

  • Prepare students for professional careers at home and abroad.
  • Help students develop trans-lingual and transcultural competence.
  • Help students develop the linguistic proficiency and the deep cultural knowledge that are necessary for effective communication with native speakers of German.
  • Understand the cultural context of language use in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Because language learning is a process of discovery and self-discovery, students will be challenged to reflect on their own language and culture.