Graduate Program German

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German Master's Degree Overview

PSU's master's degree in German provides you with the opportunity to engage deeply with a language that's spoken by more than 120 million native speakers around the world while opening doors to your future.

Our program is designed to train students in rigorous scholarship, original research, and independent thinking. You'll be prepared to launch careers in academia, government, or business, or continue your studies in a doctoral program.

Degree Details

German Master's Degree: Why PSU?

PSU's German program provides an in-depth study of German literature, culture, and language, and you're encouraged to draw on the expertise of our faculty to develop your research projects and design a course of study that fits your interests.

Starting in your first term, you'll have the opportunity to develop your teaching style through graduate teaching assistantships. You won't simply be assisting a professor; oftentimes, you'll be the only instructor in the classroom and have full control over the class.

With weekly guidance and curricular support from faculty and peers, you'll graduate with excellent teaching experience and gain professionalism, leadership, and group management skills that'll give you a competitive edge on the job market.

In our program, you'll have two options for pursuing research projects: two major papers or a thesis. Either choice will prepare you well as a researcher, whether you plan to work after graduation or pursue doctoral studies.

We also host an annual regional and international graduate symposium, where students are invited to present their scholarly research on literature, film, culture, linguistics, applied linguistics, language pedagogy, and interdisciplinary studies.

What can I do with a master's degree in  German?

With a master's degree in German from PSU, you'll be prepared to teach German at the high school or college level.

Beyond academia, the fluency you'll gain in German language and culture will give you a competitive edge on the job market, both at home and abroad. Germany, with the fourth-largest economy in the world, is a significant U.S. trading partner and German companies, including Adidas, BASF, Bayer, Bosch, Lufthansa, SAP, Siemens, T-Mobile, and Volkswagen, employ nearly 700,000 workers in the U.S.

Featured Courses

  • Ger 503 Thesis
  • Ger 504 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • Ger 505 Reading and Conference
  • Ger 507 Seminar
  • Ger 508 Workshop
  • Ger 509 Practicum
  • Ger 510 Selected Topics
  • Ger 511 Advanced German

Featured Electives

  • Ger 521 German Short Prose
  • Ger 522 18th Century German Literature
  • Ger 527 The Age of Goethe
  • Ger 542 Medieval Works In Translation
  • Ger 551 German Poetry
  • Ger 552 German Drama


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