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Master of Arts in German
The BGSU graduate degree program in German offers intensive language skills and immersion in the Germanic culture.
MA in German students spend the first year of graduate study at the University of Salzburg in Austria and the second at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
The MA in German addresses the needs of academics preparing for doctoral-level study and professionals working for businesses or organizations with ties to a German-speaking country. The EU remains the 2nd largest trading partner of Ohio (after Canada). Germany, Austria and Switzerland have potent economies (in export numbers still outpacing even China) and many connections to Ohio.
The program offers three different possibilities for pursuing professional or personal research interests.
Literary and Cultural Studies Track
You can pursue a wide variety of literary and cultural topics in German. Comparative approaches and the development of specialized research interests are encouraged. This track can serve as ideal preparation for Ph.D. programs in the humanities, for a wide variety of professions and government positions that demand cultural expertise, or as preparation for teaching German at the college or high-school level.
Language and Teaching Track
In this track of graduate German studies on linguistic and pedagogical topics, you will acquire teaching experience and assist professors with their work. This track is ideal for perfecting your language skills; it will prepare you for the teaching profession or for working with businesses that have strong ties to German-speaking countries.
Dual Degree Track
You can pursue a dual M.A. degree in German and Political Science, History, Music History, or another field (such as a second language, English, art, etc.). This track is ideal preparation for further studies in both areas, for business and government positions that demand cultural, historical, or political expertise, and also for teaching more than one subject at the college or high-school level.
A Year Abroad in Salzburg, Austria
Bowling Green State University offers several opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to study in Salzburg, Austria.
The year of study abroad experience may include a trip to Vienna, snowshoeing in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, an outing to Golling an der Salzach to witness the infamous Perchtenlauf or a visit to the Salzburg ORF studio.
As well as immersive cultural study, students earn credit toward graduation and the building of invaluable German contacts and experiences for future study, careers and life.
Over 70 study abroad alumni traveled, at their own expense, to Salzburg to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program in June 2018. More than 400 alumni are members of the Salzburg Alumni Facebook page.
The M.A. degree in German will allow graduates to pursue a wide variety of careers.
A number of our graduates continue into a Ph.D. program. Our graduates have placed into Ph.D. programs at top-ranked universities around the world.
Students in the MA in German program are also encouraged to complete internships while studying abroad. The practical component not only enhances your German language learning experience, but leads to invaluable networks and contacts for future careers. Almost every year, several graduates return to Germany or Austria to work, or on Fulbright fellowships to teach English as a foreign language in a German language secondary school.
Our graduates have also found jobs with large international corporations, banks, local businesses and international NGOs, many in German speaking countries. We have also placed graduates in U.S. government positions where knowledge of a foreign language is required.
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* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: 04/28/2022 10:26AM