Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary German Studies

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

Although language acquisition remains of vital importance in the Interdisciplinary German Studies Major, the study of German culture is emphasized. The flexible degree program includes introductory and intermediate-level German, and it allows up to two elective courses in German culture and history, offered outside the department. 

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. You'll gain the necessary skills to use German when communicating with friends, engaging in business with German partners, working in government or the media, or participating in German culture.

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Classes & Curriculum

Courses you are likely to take as part of the Interdisciplinary German Studies BA 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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Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement bachelor's programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

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 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year