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German Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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The program offers courses which give an introduction to the language, literature and culture of the German-speaking world. Most courses are taught in German. Study abroad opportunities are available, as are scholarships for study at the UA and abroad, including the Arizona in German summer program in Leipzig, Germany. A teaching major is also offered, leading to certification to teach in Arizona public schools.

Major Details

College: College of Humanities
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
GER 101 Beginning German I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
GER 102 Beginning German II 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
GER 201 Intermediate German I 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
4th Semester
GER 202 Intermediate German II 4
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
GER 300 Encounters in Language and Culture 6
GER 301 Voices Past and Present 3
GER 300/400-level Elective 3
Minor 3
6th Semester
GER 300/400-level Elective 3
GER 300/400-level Elective 3
Elective 3
Minor 3
7th Semester
GER 300/400-level Elective 3
GER 300/400-level Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective- Upper Division 3
8th Semester
GER 496C Senior Seminar: Culture 3
GER 300/400-level Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 1
Elective- Upper Division 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from the major in German Studies of German language, history, culture, literature, cinema, and international relations forms a strong foundation for careers and further study. Graduates can apply their cultural and linguistic skills to a variety of fields including education, business, journalism, cultural preservation, and government. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in German, history, linguistics, or comparative literature.German Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Some of the career areas and job titles below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Translation
  • International business
  • Foreign relations
  • Education
  • Cultural preservation
  • Tourism
  • Defense
  • Sales and marketing

Sample Employers

  • Schools and colleges
  • Government agencies
  • U.S. Military
  • Resorts
  • Airlines and airports
  • Consulates
  • Businesses
  • Libraries and archives
  • Media agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Translator $22,900 - $43,300
German Teacher, Secondary $35,000 - $53,200
Interpreter $34,000 - $45,500
Foreign Correspondent $28,162 - $43,292
English as a Second Language Teacher $25,970 - $46,310
Corporate Community Relations Specialist $30,140 - $89,430
International Relations Officer $24,680 - $86,750
Foreign Student Adviser $35,000 - $60,000
Intelligence Officer $33,979 - $60,274
Book Conservator $22,320 - $36,660
Import-Export Specialist $19,000 - $50,000