In the Department of European Studies
OFFICE: Storm Hall 224A
TELEPHONE: 619-594-6313 / FAX: 619-594-8006
Chair: Clò, Clarissa, Professor of Italian (Laurea, University of Bologna, Italy; M.A., University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego)
German Program Director and Undergraduate Adviser: Rebien, Kristin, Associate Professor of German (M.A., Universitat Leipzig, Germany; Ph.D., Stanford University)
Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty:
Schulze, Mathias, Professor of German (Diplomlehrer, Teacher Training College Leipzig, Germany; Ph.D., University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Guzman, Christine, M.A., European Studies, German
Jaima, Felicitas R., Ph.D., European Studies, German
Skwara, Erich W., Ph.D., 1986-2010, Professor of Humanities and German
Wauchope, Mary M., Ph.D., 1989-2015, Associate Professor of German
More Europeans speak German as their native language than English, French, or Spanish. Germany is Europe’s largest economy and one of the world’s biggest exporters. German-speaking Europe has a tremendously rich cultural heritage. Thinkers, artists, composers, and philosophers have changed the way we think and live
Students who major in German will gain proficiency in German language skills, and the department offers a broad variety of courses designed to prepare majors for a number of careers after graduation. A major in German is also a good preparatory curriculum for graduate programs in such areas as international law, business, journalism, librarianship, and public administration.
A knowledge of German is a valuable asset in finding positions in education, with government agencies, internationally oriented companies, media outlets, and the tourism industry, and as interpreters and translators employed by the federal government, international conferences, publishers, trade councils, and the United Nations.
The German major with an emphasis in German studies offers extensive preparation in the German language while providing students with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, culture, and society of the countries of Central Europe where German is spoken. This emphasis provides excellent preparation for careers as area specialists for private businesses and agencies or for positions at international organizations, with the federal government, or in cultural institutions.
Students majoring in German are strongly encouraged to participate in California State University International Programs (CSU-IP) and other approved study abroad programs in German-speaking countries. Students also have the option of pursuing a double major in another area of study.
All College of Arts and Letters majors are urged to consult with their department adviser as soon as possible; they are required to meet with their department adviser within the first two semesters after declaration or change of major.
The Department of European Studies offers advanced coursework in German. Graduate courses in German may be used to fulfill requirements for advanced degrees in other departments with the approval of the student’s graduate adviser.