Why Study German?
"The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think."
— Albert Einstein
- The doorway to the culture of the largest linguistic group in Central Europe.
- The new second language of choice in Eastern Europe and a language that is gaining on English as the preferred second language in Western Europe.
- A way to understand more about your own language.
- A vital part of Texas culture.
Learn German and You Can...
Improve your marketability.
- Join the international business community through UTA's unique international business and German major leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration. This program combines business courses, German courses, and courses in German business.
- Combine a minor in German with another major to strengthen your qualifications as a candidate in the job market or when applying to grad school.
Teach or work towards an advanced degree in German.
- Complete part of your university study at a top university abroad or immersion program in the States.
- Through UTA you can study in immersion programs in Taos, New Mexico, or in semester programs abroad. Credits can be transferred to UTA to fill your major, minor, or core curriculum requirements.
Get a broader perspective on life.
- ...by understanding how another culture sees it through its literature, press, film/TV industry-and people.
- ...or take part in exchanges in Austria and Germany.
How Hard Is It?
- German is not difficult to learn. German is historically related to English and shares many words and structures with English.With two years of university German you can begin to function well-reading, writing, speaking, and understanding spoken German-with native speakers in everyday situations. You will have the basis for developing advanced and specialized ability in German.
Why Is UTA the Place to Study German?
- UTA has useful programs in German: Literature, Culture, Languages, Business and Teaching. In addition to excellent programs in literature, teaching, and language, UTA is the only place in the Metroplex where you can combine business and German into one degree. You can also receive a B.A. CLIS-German here at UTA.
- It fulfills the language requirement using a coordinated package of materials. You can meet the UTA Foreign Language Requirement by taking our one-year intensive or two-year sequenced program. If you have had some German within the last five years, it is also possible that your placement test scores will allow you to start at UTA at a higher level, which will give you college credit for levels earned, as well as the opportunity to receive grades for those credits.
- Take just three more courses for a minor in German. With just three more courses beyond the requirement, you can have a minor in German and be eligible for the Goethe Institute proficiency certification, which is recognized the world over.
- UTA is a testing center for internationally recognized German proficiency certificaiton. Since UTA is a testing center for the Goethe Institute, after six semesters you can take the Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache test at our on-campus site. Other testing sites include Houston, Texas.
- German students at UTA are eligible for the German Honors Society. Upper level students with a good grade point average in German are eligible for memberhsip in the prestigious national German Honors Society, Delta Phi Alpha.
- UTA has exciting courses. We use up-to-date and interesting materials in all our language, literature, culture, and business classes. Often we incorporate video and computer information directly into our courses, providing you with current thought on all issues.
- Any extra-curricular activities? O ja!! The UTA German Club is active on campus and is always looking for new members and new ideas for sharing an interest in things German. Students meet on Wednesdays to speak German, hear a speaker, or plan activities. German Club members make field trips to New Braunfels, Texas, and Germany, as well as closer places in the Metroplex. German immigrant culture is alive and well in Texas, and there are many German events in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.