German Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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Students who complete this major will:

  • Interpret a range of different genres relevant in German-speaking social and cultural contexts
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats, comprehending and producing German discourse with fluency (relative to entry level) and appreciate its cultural contexts
  • Specialize in at least one of the three core areas of modern German literature, linguistics, and cultural studies
  • Apply relevant research and analytical skills combined with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • Appreciate German-speaking cultures in a differentiated and informed way
  • Engage critically and to constructively in intercultural dialogue as a bicultural and bilingual person and as a global citizen
  • Independently apply a wide range of learning techniques (in German and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners
  • Act confidently in German-speaking milieus and target culture, and work effectively in a cooperative way using German and English as media

Course Description

Offered by the School of Languages and Linguistics

German has more than 100 million native speakers and is one of the most popular languages worldwide. Knowledge of German opens up the rich culture of German-speaking Europe as well as its history, philosophy, literature, music and scientific traditions. The German program has a proud history of more than 50 years at the University and provides the opportunity to complete part of your studies overseas through exchange programs. You will be placed in an appropriate class level according to your ability and background in the language.


  • International trade
  • Diplomacy
  • Multinational business
  • Translation
  • Teaching
  • Communications

Access Object-Based Learning 

As part of Ancient World Studies, you will have the opportunity to experience Object-Based Learning (OBL) throughout your studies.

Object-Based Learning encourages you to engage directly with cultural objects in a manner that moves away from the traditional, passive approach to imparting knowledge. With access to two Object-Based Learning labs equipped with in-built display cases, you will have the opportunity to engage directly with cultural objects to closely assess and analyse how these objects relate to theory.  

The integration of objects into subjects taught in the Bachelor of Arts is made possible by drawing on the University's vast cultural collections.

Photo credit: John Gollings
Photo credit: John Gollings

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