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The German Program at Clemson University

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What we do

The German Program at Clemson University prepares students for a wide range of careers and graduate studies in the humanities, business, sciences, engineering, politics, diplomacy, law, and education. The success of our graduates tells us that knowledge of German language and culture gives students a competitive edge in today’s job market, both in the U.S. and abroad. Employers in all fields are looking for more than just a degree. They seek well-rounded, globally aware candidates with the kinds of skills that we instill in our students—skills that benefit them not just professionally, but also personally, for example: communicating effectively, thinking critically, solving complex problems in creative ways, maintaining an intellectual curiosity at all times, and being sensitive to cultural differences in today’s global environment. In the end, thinking within and with a discipline, idea, or problem with personal intellectual curiosity and passion makes today’s college graduates successful.

What we offer

  1. Three different types of degrees:
    1. a B.A. in Language and International Trade that prepares students for careers in international business and combines German language study with a professional concentration in International Trade, Tourism, or Applied International Economics
    2. a B.A. in Modern Languages major (German Concentration) that prepares students to work for non-profit organizations, (inter)national governments and diplomatic agencies, the education sector, as well as for graduate studies in the humanities, law, and education; the emphasis in this major is on the history, culture, philosophy, and literature of the German-speaking countries
    3. a Modern Languages Minor in German that can be combined with any major offered at Clemson and aims to broaden students’ backgrounds; this minor is especially important in technical fields, where today’s students have to demonstrate a global perspective in research, manufacturing, management, and human resources
  2. A wide range of curricular offerings geared towards developing proficiency in German, critical thinking skills, a strong foundation in the humanities, and the ability to interact in a culturally appropriate manner—be it in a social, business, or academic setting. Among the courses typically offered during the academic year are:
    1. Four semesters of rigorous German language instruction at the elementary and intermediate levels
    2. Advanced courses on different topics pertaining to conversation and composition, literature, culture, cinema, and business
    3. Our students realize that taking additional German courses challenge and expand their thinking skills. Thus it is not uncommon to find many non-majors or non-minors ( as well as graduate students) in our courses. We welcome all who are interested in advancing their background in German.
  3. Extracurricular activities, such as the weekly Kaffeestunde and the bimonthly Stammtisch, lectures by guest speakers, film screenings, reading group meetings, our annual Conference for German in the Professions, welcome and farewell parties, hikes, and more. Some of these activities are designed to foster an on-campus community of German speakers by bringing students together with their peers from other German courses, with native Germans, and with alumni. Other events give Clemson students the opportunity to connect in a more formal setting with scholars and business professionals from the region and beyond.
  4. Study-abroad opportunities (in the summer or during the academic year) at the University in Bamberg, the Technical University of Jena, the Leuphana University Lüneburg, or any university or technical college in the sister-state of Rhineland-Palatinate (e.g. Mainz), as well as our own German language intensive summer program in Germany. Additional study abroad opportunities are offered through Clemson University’s partnership with institutions and organizations. Students may also take intensive language classes in Germany and Austria through the Goethe Institute, the IKK Düsseldorf, and inlingua in Vienna.

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