German Major, 41 credit hours

In our German major, you learn to understand, speak, read, and write German while exploring German culture, including works of art, architecture, music, and significant historical, political, social, and economic developments.

You will also become acquainted with major German writers, literary works, movements, and periods; analyze written German works; and gain familiarity with business German.

We have an active German Club and a German conversation table so you can practice with other German-speakers.

Want to go to a German-speaking country to really immerse yourself in the language and culture? You can study abroad one semester each year. A number of Ball State German majors participate in Ball State University's International Student Exchange Program, the Vienna Center Program, or the Kiis Study Abroad Programs in München and Regensburg and spend one or two semesters at an Austrian or German university.

Why German?

It can help you get a job: Germany is one of the world's leading exporters, and most major U.S. companies have sizable investments and offices in Germany

  • If you want a career here or overseas in government, business, economics, telecommunications, travel trade, journalism, music, armed services, applied sciences, theology, and other areas, a foundation in the German language and culture will make you an attractive candidate to potential employers
  • Our German major graduates have gotten jobs in teaching at the elementary, secondary, and university levels; government services; airlines; business; and travel agencies
  • Also, many of our graduates receive assistantships and fellowships for graduate study in the U.S. and scholarships for study at special schools in the U.S. or in Germany. Others have received Fulbright grants for study and teaching in Austria or Germany.

It can help when you travel: More than 200 million Europeans understand German. It is

  • spoken as the first language in Austria
  • one of three major languages in Switzerland
  • one of the first foreign languages in Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, northern Italy, and eastern France