German Studies at WSU offers an exciting international curriculum for students who want to:

  • gain knowledge of German literature, culture and society
  • develop valuable research and information technology skills
  • acquire marketable international experiences and cross-cultural competencies
  • achieve certifiable German language proficiency
  • obtain the credentials needed to compete for jobs and post-graduate opportunities
  • and have an awful lot of fun at the same time!

Undergraduate Degree Options

Undergraduate degree options include a B.A. Major in German and B.A. Minor in German.

Challenging Courses, Excellent Teachers

Small class sizes taught by professors who excel at teaching offer students the kind of personal support and mentoring needed to succeed at a large research university such as Wayne State. Our full-time German faculty have been recognized for their outstanding teaching:

  • WSU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Lucht, Hock, Haase)
  • WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award (Hock, Ferguson, Schindler)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Germanic Languages (Rothe)

Study Abroad

Study abroad experience is central to undergraduate studies in German at WSU. First-year students of German at WSU may receive scholarship assistance to attend a language course in Germany between their freshman and sophomore years. As an integral part of their German degree requirements, and highlight of their undergraduate experience at WSU, students of German may study at Germany’s premier university – LMU Munich, with Wayne State's Junior Year in Munich program. Nearly 100% of German majors spend an entire academic year in Munich with JYM – America’s oldest study abroad program in Germany.

Research Abroad

While in Munich, WSU students of German put into practice the research skills they learned on campus.  Undergraduate research projects are encouraged, especially for students working on an Honors thesis.

Internships Abroad

WSU students of German have obtained internships during their year abroad in the fields of business, marketing, journalism, consulting, government affairs, urban planning, education and engineering. 

Scholarships to Study Abroad

Study abroad is incredibly affordable at Wayne State. Scholarship funds are available to support summer language courses in Germany, and WSU students enjoy a discounted JYM program fee, as well as access to an amazing amount of scholarship support. The Department alone distributes approximately $20,000 in scholarship awards annually, and additional scholarships are available through the JYM program which distributes $50,000 in scholarship awards each year.


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