Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary German Studies

Develop solid German language proficiency with the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary German Studies in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. This 123-credit undergraduate degree integrates an innovative curriculum with renowned faculty and first-hand learning experiences so students develop broad intellectual and interpersonal skills applicable across multiple fields and in the international workforce. 

German is a major world language, spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and in sections of other countries, as well as communities throughout the world. Through a curriculum that emphasizes cultural, linguistic and practical experiences, you’ll develop competence in reading, writing and oral communication as you study the language through art, culture, media and literature. Advanced coursework explores culture and history as they shape German identities, providing students with an understanding of current German-speaking communities through the analytical investigation of cinema, history and literature, among others. Graduates have an in-depth understanding of and can engage with German-speaking people and countries in a globalized world, with an awareness of how language shapes culture.

The Interdisciplinary German Studies Major includes introductory and intermediate level German, but allows up to two electives on German culture and history to be taken outside the department. This affords students more flexibility in course selection.

Overall, although language acquisition remains of vital importance, the study of German culture is emphasized in the Interdisciplinary German Studies Major. Whether you're seeking to use German to communicate with friends, to engage in business with German partners, to work in government or the media or simply to participate in German culture, this program provides the necessary reading, writing and oral communication skills while providing a rich understanding of the culture of the German-speaking world.

Classes & Curriculum

Courses you are likely to take as part of the Interdisciplinary German Studies Major curriculum include

  • Analytical Reading and Writing,
  • Composition I,
  • Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life,
  • Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good, and
  • Introduction to German III.

Students must also take two elective courses in which German is the language of instruction.

Learn more about Interdisciplinary German Studies Major courses.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year

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