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Spoken by more than 100 million people in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and throughout the world, German is a major international language of business, diplomacy, science, and popular culture. Germany is the largest and wealthiest country in the European Union, and the importance of the German language in Europe continues to grow.

BA in German

The BA in German degree track has been designed to provide students with the solid linguistic skills and cultural knowledge necessary to pursue a career in teaching or research, or to foster a competitive edge in an increasingly international marketplace. German classes are typically small in size, allowing for greater interaction, face-time and use of the target language between the instructor and students. Courses cover a variety of topics, and Independent Studies may be arranged to suit a student's particular goals.

Please visit the UB Undergraduate Catalog for further information about the BA in German,  including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities.

German BA – German Language and Linguistics Concentration

This degree offers a unique opportunity to combine studies in linguistics with advanced-level studies in German. The concentration has been designed for students who wish to pursue the study of linguistics, as well as achieve advanced-level proficiency and gain linguistic understanding of German. Majors in this concentration develop appreciation of general properties of language in general and German in particular, and develop competence in linguistic analysis of German.

Please visit the UB Undergraduate Catalog for further information about the Linguistics BA – German Language and Linguistics Concentration, including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities.

Minor in German

The German Minor provides an opportunity for students with intermediate proficiency to further enhance their knowledge of the German language and culture as a supplement to their major, as well as their chances for a career in Germany or German-based businesses.

Please visit the UB Undergraduate Catalog for further information about the Minor in German, including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities.

MA in Linguistics - Focus in Germanic Linguistics

In addition to the undergraduate German track, the Department of Linguistics offers an MA in Linguistics - Focus in Germanic Linguistics. All applicants for the Department’s graduate programs who have a high level of proficiency in German are eligible to apply for a German Teaching Assistantship. 

German Resources

Graduate Group for German and Austrian Studies

UB has a large number of faculty and students interested in various aspects of German Studies. Our very active Graduate Group for German and Austrian Studies (GGGAAS) brings together people from Linguistics, History, Philosophy, Art History, Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, Geography, and a number of other departments and schools, as well as colleagues and friends from the wider Western New York community. Everyone interested in German at UB is strongly encouraged to get involved in the activities of the Graduate Group.

Das Internet auf Deutsch

Interested in exploring the wealth of German resources on the Internet? Contact Professor David Fertig to discuss German media sources.

Study Abroad in Germany

Students interested in opportunities for study, research, internships, work or travel in a German-speaking country will find much useful information and guidance at UB’s Study Abroad Programs office. The GGGAAS website also features current information on a number of organizations that offer programs and funding for study and research overseas.

Contact Us

Robert Hoeing

Robert Hoeing

Director of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Professor

Specialties: German Syntax, Syntactic Theory, and Business German

639 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0130

Email: rghoeing@buffalo.edu

David Fertig

David Fertig

Associate Professor

Specialties: Germanic Linguistics, Historical linguistics, Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, Morphology, and Phonology

638 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0129

Email: fertig@buffalo.edu