German Studies

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Students in a study session on EKU campus

Degree Options

Certificate of German Conversation and Culture (15 credit hours starting at the GER 201 level)

Who Would be Interested in German Studies?

Every area if daily life and career opportunities can be enhanced by the study of German:

  • Tourism, Parks and Recreation
  • Visual Art, Music and Performing Arts
  • Manufacturing, Engineering, Automotive, Aeronautics, Business, and Retail
  • Telecommunications, Social Services and Education
  • Television, Movie, Literature, and Journalism Media
  • Agriculture and Environmental Conservation

Why German Studies?

German Studies are not just memorization of facts, but the development of applicable skills that last a lifetime.

  • Learning German opens so many doors. From a practical side, learning additional languages is medically proven to strengthen the mind throughout your lifetime. It enhances memory, logic, and mental agility as well as sharpening your critical thinking. It provides the tools to be a global citizen by engaging with locals in their native tongue through travel and study abroad.
  • From a career perspective, German is a business, cultural, and spiritual necessity! German is spoken by more than 120 million people globally, and is the most widely spoken native language in Europe. Understanding the German language and culture gives you a major boost to any career choice you make, either from interpretation/translation, education, automotive industry, medicine, and engineering, all the way to social services and artistic media. German-speaking Switzerland has the highest standard of living in the world! The study of German language and culture provides a massive range of careers and creative employment opportunities.
  • Best of all, when you study German at EKU, all of our courses are taught by fully qualified professors - no Teaching Assistants. Classes are small, so students have the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with their instructors in order to develop language skills in an immersion-like environment. Students gain practical skills and first-hand experiences in their field to prepare them for employment opportunities upon graduation or further study in higher level educational programs.

What Are the Requirements for the Program?

Students can declare a Certificate in German Conversation and Culture program by contacting the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Humanities any time upon being admitted to EKU.

Program course requirements begin at the 200-level

  • GER 101 and 102 are considered prerequisites to begin a program
  • Retro-credit is available for those who qualify to begin at a higher level due to prior high school courses or equivalent. Speak to an adviser for more information on retro-credit opportunities.

How Do I Get More Information?

Visit www.foreignlanguages.eku.edu/german-studies

Contact the following German Program Advisors:
Theodor Lagenbruch
McCreary Building, Room 216
859-622-1470
theodor.langenbruch@eku.edu

Abbey Poffenberger
McCreary Building, Room 114
859-622-2996
abbey.poffenberger@eku.edu

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

  • Boyd German Study Abroad Scholarship - Offered annually for students enrolled in the German Certificate of Conversation and Culture program who are studying abroad to study German language and culture. The number of awards and amount awarded varies, depending on the funds available.
  • Frieda Scholarship in German- Offered annually for students enrolled in the German Certificate of Conversation and Culture program, administered toward the student's tuition. The number of awards and amount awarded varies, depending on funds available.
  • German Study Abroad Scholarship- Offered annually for students enrolled in the German Certificate of Conversation and Culture program who are studying abroad to study German language and culture. The number of awards and amount awarded varies, depending on funds available.
  • Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society Scholarships
  • Leslie Parrish Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad