Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department

About US



Welcome to the German Studies Program at Santa Clara University!  Our comprehensive program focuses on essential language skills, with emphases on literary, art, film, and philosophical works; moreover, students are able to gain a thorough understanding of historical, cultural, social and political aspects of German-speaking countries.



The German Studies Program offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in German, or a Minor in German, for students wishing to pursue degrees in German Language & Literature.



Students who excel in the German Language are eligible for several academic awards, as well as, acceptance into the International Foreign Language Honors Society.

A German Honors Program is also available for students who wish to enhance their German studies, as well as prepare for graduate-level programs.


Study In Germany

In addition, students wishing to gain a first-hand experience can do so through the study abroad programs.  The Summer Study Abroad program is 4 weeks in length and is hosted by the University of Freiburg, in Freiburg, Germany.  Quarter long study abroad opportunities are also available.  The German Study Abroad program is under the direction of Dr. Tabbert-Jones.



Through the sponsorship of the German Department, a monthly German Movie Night is organized, with movies being presented in the German-language.


The German Club offers students the opportunity to interact with other students who share the same passion for the German-language and culture as they do!  The German Club host several events throughout the year.


Language Proficiency Opens Up Career Opportunities

Proficiency in a foreign language can be very useful to one’s career, as it is applicable in almost any career field, such as business, industry, commerce, natural sciences, research & development, economics, public administration, civil or foreign service, media/ communications, journalism, social sciences, health professions, government, law, and teaching, just to name a few.  If you are interested in the German Language you should consider majoring, as it is most likely going to increase your career opportunities after graduation.  Students pursuing careers in government or law can easily combine a Social Science or Political Science with a German Major; and students wishing to pursue teaching may consider majoring or minoring in another language. In all cases, being proficient in a foreign language and knowledgeable about another culture will significantly increase career opportunities and be extremely useful to you in the future.

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