German Studies Program

The study of German at Agnes Scott encompasses more than speaking and understanding the German language. The program is widely focused, emphasizing composition, conversation, literature, German life and thought, history and music. Small class sizes allow the program to be intimate and flexible, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with fellow classmates and instructors.

What will I study?
Broad in nature, giving students a well-rounded intellectual skill set, sample courses include composition and conversation, as well as such courses as Advanced Language Study, Kafka, Modern Drama and Topics in German Literature.

Why should I major in German Studies at Agnes Scott?

  • International Education Opportunities
    Students are encouraged to spend at least a semester, but preferably an academic year, abroad. Ninety-five percent of German Studies majors participate in the study abroad program. The German Studies program offers an affiliate program with the University of Graz, Austria, and the University of Salzburg. The German Studies program strongly encourages students to apply for scholarships. Five German Studies majors received Fulbright Research Scholarships between 1992 and 1997. One major received a Rotary Scholarship to German and in 2001-2002 another received a DAAD Scholarship to Cologne, Germany.
  • German House
    German majors, minors and other interested students can live in a German community in one of the College’s theme houses, where they can practice the language aided by a resident teaching assistant from Austria or Germany. Students in the German House also organize college-wide activities to educate the college community about German heritage and tradition.
  • Hands-on Experiential Learning Opportunities
    Students of German Studies are encouraged to participate in a Global Awareness program available through the College, as well as semester-long and yearlong study abroad opportunities. In 2003, students from the German Studies and history departments travelled to Germany to study the Holocaust.
  • Campus Involvement
    Many German studies students are actively involved in the Faust Club and Delta Phi Alpha, the German honor society.

What can I do with this degree?
A degree in German Studies broadens your career choices as you develop stronger communication skills in understanding, speaking and writing German. As a graduate, you can:

  • Attend graduate school—more than 50 percent of German studies students go to graduate school
  • Teach German at the high school level
  • Become a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Austria
  • Work as a translator
  • Join the Peace Corps
  • Work in international business or politics