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German Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Middletown, CT, United States
Interdisciplinary in nature, the academic field known as German studies combines the close study of texts and media with broad humanistic inquiry into the foundations and structures of culture and society. 
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As the world faces growing political uncertainty, socio-economic polarization, and ecological crisis, the ability to think historically and interpret critically has become increasingly important; students can hone this ability by studying the German-speaking countries’ specific historical experiences and the cultural manifestations of those experiences. The German Studies department’s courses in the areas of literature, the other arts, and critical thought often introduce historical and transnational perspectives, encouraging students to make comparisons across eras and cultures. The German studies curriculum focuses on three major periods and offers courses in German and English on a wide variety of topics.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the academic field known as German studies has undergone rapid development in recent years. At Wesleyan, the German Studies Department takes an active part in internationalizing the curriculum, educating students for a world in which a sophisticated understanding of other cultures and their histories has become increasingly important. A background in German studies can prepare students for careers in many fields. Among them are teaching, translation, publishing, arts administration, journalism, law, international business, and library sciences, as well as for graduate study in literature, linguistics, philosophy, art history, history, psychology, the natural sciences, music, and other disciplines. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary German
  • Intermediate German
  • German Culture Today
  • The Simple Life
  • Reading Theories
  • Introduction to European Avant-Garde, 1880-1940
  • From Caligari to Hitler: Weimar Cinema in Context
  • Unfaithful: Relationships Between Film and Literature
  • Museum Studies
  • Inside Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Completed Common Application, including Wesleyan’s member-specific questions
  • Secondary School Report and official high school transcript(s)
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-year Grade Report
  • Two Teacher Evaluations—applicants are encouraged to submit one teacher recommendation from a humanities and social science teacher and one from a math or science teacher
  • $55 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver
  • Interviews – Not required, but highly recommended as they allow exchange of information between student and University.
  • Supplemental Materials – Pieces of work that are relevant for the music, theatre or visual arts programs shall be submitted only when applying for such bachelors or masters degrees.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50942 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    52174 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52174 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Middletown

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Student Loans:

  • First Year: $3,500
  • Sophomore: $4,500
  • Junior: $5,500
  • Senior: $5,500

Federal Perkins Loan:

  • 5% fixed interest
  • Ten-year repayment begins nine months after graduation.
  • Deferments are granted while you are in college and for graduate or professional study or for economic hardship as defined by the Department of Education.

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