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Choose Ball State’s major in German and stand out among applicants for the many jobs available that require a strong knowledge of the language spoken by one of the world’s top five economies, where most major U.S. companies have sizeable investments and offices in Germany. Whether your career ambitions will keep you right here in Indiana, take you elsewhere in the U.S., or across the world, our major in German will prepare you for success.

What You Will Learn

In our German major, you will learn to understand, speak, read, and write German while exploring German culture, including works of art, architecture, music, and significant historical, political, social, and economic developments.

You will also:

  • become acquainted with major German writers, literary works, movements, and periods
  • analyze written German works
  • gain familiarity with business German

Ball State offers more than 300 exchange and study abroad program options in 65 different countries including France, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.

As a student, you can also be involved in language clubs and two national foreign language honoraries.

Study Abroad  Student Organizations

Our department is home to more than 30 full-time faculty members and graduate assistants. Faculty members are engaged in active research in addition to teaching full course loads. They are experts in their fields and committed to—and invested in—your pursuit of excellence.

Classes are kept small to enable students to practice speaking, writing, reading, and listening. You’ll work closely and meaningfully with faculty over the entire undergraduate experience.

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Our programs, faculty, and campus provide a wonderful diversity of languages, cultures, and experiences. You will also have the opportunity to study in another country, broadening your cultural experiences as you further your education.

Major Requirements

The bachelor’s degree in German requires courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced German. You will also study conversation, composition, and literary readings in German.

Major Credits



A few of the classes you will take include:

  • GER 101-102 Beginning German
  • GER 201-202 Intermediate German
  • GER 301 Conversation 3
  • GER 302 Composition

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in German?

If you want a career here or overseas in government, business, economics, telecommunications, travel trade, journalism, music, armed services, applied sciences, theology, and other areas, a foundation in the German language and culture will make you an attractive candidate to potential employers.

Our German major graduates have landed jobs in:

  • teaching at the elementary, secondary, and university levels
  • government services
  • airlines
  • business
  • travel agencies

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Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

In addition to the numerous scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards every year to our majors and minors to recognize them for their academic achievements. Find a scholarship.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to Ball State is selective and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application

Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State University is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or, if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.