Texas Tech University

Languages & Cultures - German Studies


The German program at Texas Tech equips students with unique skills that are highly transferable to a variety of careers. Students of German are trained in linguistic, intercultural, and professional skills that will serve them well on the job market and position them to have a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work.

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)
    • Placement exams for advances students (College Level Examination Program/CLEP)
    • TTU German Club
    • For information on the German Minor and a complete list of courses applicable to the minor, visit the German Minor page.
    • For information on the German major and a complete list of courses applicable to the major, visit the German major page.
  • Funded 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.


Projects and Initiatives

  • Global Readiness Through Language and Culture (Fall 2019-Spring 2020). The Global Readiness Through Language and Culture (GRLC) project aims to prepare undergraduate students to identify global issues that connect to their area of study, conduct research on those issues, and demonstrate competencies to address them.
  • Identity and Resistance in Global Contexts (Fall 2017 – Spring 2019). The Identity and Resistance in Global Contexts project created a space for students to address global challenges related to population and conflict through university classes, symposia, exhibitions, free concerts, and a permanent digital archive.

Scholarship Opportunities

General Scholarships:

Scholarships Specific to Study Abroad:

Mission Statement

  • We prepare students for professional careers at home and abroad.
  • We train students in trans-lingual and transcultural competence.
  • We teach students the linguistic proficiency and the deep cultural knowledge that are necessary for effective communication with native speakers of German.
  • We help students to develop an understanding of the cultural context of language use in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • We challenge students to reflect on their own language and culture (because language learning is a process of discovery and self-discovery)

Want to Know More?

  • Graduate Studies advisor for German: Dr. Anita McChesney. Please contact her via anita.mcchesney@ttu.edu, or come and see her in CMLL 204.
  • Senior Undergraduate Studies Advisor for German (administration and program-related questions): Carla Burrus. Please contact her via Carla.burrus@ttu.edu, or come see her in CMLL 200A.
  • Undergraduate Student Advisor for German (course-content related questions): Dr. Belinda Kleinhans. Please contact her via belinda.kleinhans@ttu.edu or come and see her in CMLL 270.