German Studies Program
Becoming proficient in German will enable you to communicate with 100 million German speakers around the world and give you an edge if you contemplate a career that will connect you with Europe. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest economy in the world. In February 2011, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange agreed on a merger that makes the combined company a giant among world financial markets. German remains a key language of science and technology, and Germany is a leader in biotechnology and renewable energy.
The program in German studies at the University of Richmond not only provides you with opportunities to acquire advanced German language skills, it also introduces you to German culture and history through courses on literature, film, theater, history and philosophy. With a major or minor in German studies, you will be at an advantage in a job market that values global awareness, communication skills, and the capacity to perform on an increasingly transnational stage.
The department also offers a combined major in German and English literature for students who wish to pursue in-depth work in both languages and literary traditions. The Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures has also partnered with the Robins School of Business to offer a cross school major in German and international business. Students studying international business are required to study abroad for at least one semester.
All students must have satisfied their COM2 general education language requirements before beginning 300 level coursework.