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Modern Languages and Literatures - German Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Our diverse faculty have roots in four continents and have lived and studied in numerous countries and at some of the world’s outstanding universities. As teachers and scholars of language, linguistics, literature, culture, pedagogy, and film, our expertise prepares us to offer a wide array of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific courses. In addition to courses counting toward our major programs, we contribute to the First-Year Writing seminar program, as well as minors in Film Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Medicine, Health and Culture, Poverty Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Alongside our robust offerings in literature, linguistics, and culture, we also offer courses in languages for the professions, such as “French for the Business World,” “German for the Professions,” and “Medical Spanish.” All these courses will prepare you to seek internships locally or abroad and to apply your knowledge in contexts related to your professional goals. Those interested in teaching may take advantage of our teacher licensure programs or prepare to pursue Furman’s Master of Arts in Teaching. All our courses emphasize transferable skills, which apply broadly to a wide range of careers and other meaningful pursuits.

We are deeply passionate about our fields and about mentoring our students, whether by overseeing your undergraduate research, internships, or community-based learning projects, accompanying you on May X or semester-long study away programs, engaging you through Language House activities, preparing you to become language educators, or simply helping you navigate your own Furman pathway. In addition to our faculty members, each year a young native speaker from France, Germany, and a Spanish-speaking country resides on campus to facilitate language house programming, discussion groups, and in-class activities. The Modern Language Center (MLC) located in Furman Hall is a hub of intercultural communication and interaction. In this warm, inviting space, you can watch international sports events on our Apple TV, seek tutoring from a peer, play games in French, German, or Spanish, hang out with friends, study, and otherwise engage with many of the 150+ majors we have each year. The MLC is staffed by our MLC Associates, upper-class language majors who provide tutoring and support for the Center’s operations.

The Modern Languages and Literatures - German Studies semester-long study away programs at Furman University are the ultimate high-impact experience. Faculty accompany students to Madrid and Versailles each year in the fall semester, and to Berlin and Santiago, Chile every other spring. Students experience the target culture firsthand by studying at a local university, residing with a host family, and doing extensive regional travel with their Furman group. Every aspect of the program emphasizes and facilitates full linguistic and cultural immersion.

Whether overseas or in Greenville, in MLL you will experience dynamic instruction and an exciting learning environment that features active language practice and integrated cultural study designed to build your global fluency. Along your pathway you will not only deepen and broaden your language and communication skills, you will also find that our emphasis on guided reflection will help you develop a clearer sense of yourself and the world in the process.

Career Opportunities

Our department can prepare you for any career you may pursue later in life.

We equip students to be fluent in literature, film, and culture, not just foreign languages. Through our program, you will learn to interpret, critique, and connect powerfully in English, as well as in your concentrated language, whether your focus is French, German, or Spanish. Our courses emphasize the development of strong written and oral communication skills, the critical examination of written and visual cultural artifacts, and persuasive argumentation. Through mastery of other languages and cultures, our students gain a new sense of their place in the world and a greater ability to navigate it successfully.

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:

  • German Civilization 
  • Travel Study German Culture
  • Advanced German Oral and Written Expression
  • German Literature since 1750
  • German Fairy Tale

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

  • Choose an application plan
  • All students may complete and submit the Common Application online. There is a $50 application fee
  • Submit your school report
  • Submit your high school transcript - A strong college preparatory course of study is essential. At minimum, it must include four years of English, algebra I and II, geometry, three years of social studies, at least three years of natural sciences, and two years of the same foreign language
  • Participate in an Optional Interview
  • Submit standardized test scores (optional) - The Admission Committee believes that your potential for success cannot be determined solely by standardized test scores
  • Schedule an interview if you are home-schooled (only for national students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50464 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50464 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Greenville

  • 1083 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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