The UW-Green Bay German program provides students with communication skills in both written and spoken German and with an understanding of and appreciation for German literature and culture. In addition to those attending graduate school in German, other graduates of the UW-Green Bay German program have found satisfying careers in international business, teaching, government service, translating and interpreting, and other fields in which their knowledge of German has proven useful and/or essential. German, as many humanities disciplines, may also be used as a pre-professional major, providing students with a sound liberal arts background for the pursuit of more advanced degrees in graduate school and professional training.
The UW-Green Bay German program offers students a wide variety of educational experiences. In addition to regularly scheduled courses in German language, culture, literature, cinema, and business, the German program offers students the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs, internships, and Independent Study courses. All German students are encouraged to experience life in a German-speaking country at some point in their studies by studying a semester or a year at one of our many Hessen exchange universities and/or enrolling in one of our month-long UW-Green Bay summer study abroad programs in the state of Hessen, or our January study abroad program in Kassel. Qualified advanced German students may have the opportunity to participate in the German teaching internship program. Students pursuing teacher certification in German should contact the education office for a full description of their requirements.
Wisconsin has been one of the most important centers of German culture and heritage in the United States since the early 19th century. More than half of all Wisconsin residents can trace their families to German roots and a significant portion of international business in Wisconsin is conducted in German-American firms. Germany is already a world leader in trade and including its Eastern states, which are the fastest growing region in Europe, and the approaching European Union, united Germany will be the largest economic and cultural power in Europe. The work of German authors, composers, philosophers, artists, and scientists have long formed an impressive cornerstone in the development of Western culture. The study of German language, literature, culture, and business fosters enhanced communication and cultural understanding, skills which are essential for developing a global perspective in an increasingly interdependent world. All students should incorporate an international dimension into their studies and the study of German is both fun and rewarding.
German studies contribute to and expand students' knowledge of another world culture, their understanding of history, and their analytical and communication skills, and can also be of great professional value to students interested in a variety of fields such as international business, law, politics, journalism, education, linguistics, history, philosophy, music, art, science and theology. As is true for the study of any language, studying German also enhances one's understanding of his or her native language in interesting ways.