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German Language and Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #198 (WUR) Washington, D. C., DC, United States
In our rapidly changing world, communication is key to understanding other peoples and cultures. Courses in the German Language and Literature program offered by George Washington University examine everything from the age of Goethe and the fairy tale to business German and the Berlin Wall.
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While studying the language and culture of the German-speaking world, students gain important background into political and cultural developments in that world—from the early modern period to the present. German is part of the arts and humanities program in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. 

Many students in the German Language and Literature program have a double major or minor in international affairs, with concentrations in European studies, specifically Western Europe. Related majors within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences are history, art history, political science, philosophy and other disciplines within the humanities.

George Washington University students will acquire the oral and cultural proficiency to live and study in a German-speaking country, the confidence to conduct themselves professionally in work and business contexts and the experience of reading the works of famous authors in the original German, from Johann Wolfgang Goethe to Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass. Courses are offered in both English and German. They include survey courses as well as seminars on special topics.

What can I do in the German Language and Literature field?

Students can use their German language skills and knowledge of German history and culture in a variety of fields and occupations. In recent years,  students in the German program have won prestigious Fulbright fellowships to teach and study in Germany before going on to graduate school. GW’s German students have been accepted to top graduate programs in German studies, law, history and international business. Some have embarked on the yearlong scholarship Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals; others have chosen to stay in Washington, D.C., and work for the State Department, the Goethe-Institut and the World Bank. With a Bachelor of Arts in German, students can teach in primary and secondary schools and work as interpreters or translators.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Dealing with the Communist Past
  • The Age of Goethe
  • From Romanticism to Realism
  • From Naturalism to Expressionism
  • Inside and Outside the Third Reich
  • Literature of Two Germanies
  • Contemporary German Literature

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • Financial Certificate
  • Photocopy of your Passport
  • International Credentials
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
    Living Costs

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