The undergraduate major program in German combines continuing development of language proficiency with the study of the culture and society of the German-speaking countries. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, and Germany today is the
economic cornerstone of the European Union. Many throughout Eastern Europe have chosen German as their second language. Any future development and job opportunities in this important arena will involve German culture
Acceptance Criteria Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall. Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent: GER 101-
GER 102 Elementary German 1st-2nd semester or GER 104. Transitional Elementary German and GER 151-
GER 152 Intermediate German I-II.
In addition to elementary, intermediate, and advanced language courses, the German program offers a broad spectrum of courses focusing on various aspects of society and culture in the German-speaking countries. Course topics include literature, folklore,
mass media, sociolinguistics, and the history and structure of the German language.
New students should choose the appropriate level in consultation with advisors and program directors. Depending on previous language experience the following courses may be appropriate:
Robert Hoeing teaches German linguistics, syntax, old Norse language and culture, and German literature. David Fertig specializes in historical and sociolinguistics. His interests include ancient Germanic tribes, modern dialects, mass media, and linguistic
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Study Abroad German majors and minors are strongly encouraged to consider spending a summer, a semester, or a year studying in a German-speaking country. UB participates in a program at the University
of Würzburg, administered through SUNY Albany. Students can also make arrangements to study at other German universities. For more information, see: www.buffalo.edu/studyabroad.html.
Honors, Awards, and Scholarships Students may receive special recognition from the department.
The German Club is open to majors, minors, and all others interested in German. For information, please call 716-645-2177.
Courses Outside the Major that Could Improve Employment Opportunities
Depending on a student's interests, courses in a wide range of departments could be relevant and useful. For those interested in teaching, there are state-mandated courses. Those interested in areas such as business
or international relations should take courses in the appropriate programs.