Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

German

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Why Study German?

Our courses are the cornerstone of a liberal arts education and serve as the gateway to a global career. Studying German at The University of Mississippi means a lot more than learning to understand and speak the German language. The program emphasizes composition, conversation, literature, German life and thought across centuries, history and music. Small class sizes allow the program to be intimate and flexible, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with fellow classmates and instructors.

A Global Language

German is the native language of over 120 million people, which is the largest community in the European Union. German is an international language of business, education, science, and technology. Many of the Western world’s most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are written in German. Many students learn German to connect with family members and friends. German Americans are the single largest heritage group in the United States, and we thank them for bringing us everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to Babe Ruth and blue jeans. In Hollywood, German Americans such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Tina Fey continue to shape American popular culture.

Career Opportunities

In the Southeast, German companies account for 580,000 jobs and counting. In fact, German, Austrian, and Swiss companies are the largest investors in our region, creating 20% of new jobs each year. With German, students from The University of Mississippi can plan for prosperity and global careers. MIT economist Albert Saiz calculated that the average lifetime earnings bonus for an American college graduate who learns German is $128,000 (compared to $51,000 for Spanish). German corporations can be found in every American industry sector—from Bayer to BMW, and from T-Mobile to Trader Joe’s. Even The University of Mississippi runs on Germany’s industry-leading SAP software platform.

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Degree Requirements

Student Resources

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Extracurricular Activities

Kaffestunde German Conversation Group

Our weekly informal conversation group: Practice your German, meet new friends, caffeinate your body, and exercise your mind.
— Tuesdays 3:00p-4:00p @ the Honors College

Filmabend

Join us for screenings and discussions of German films and TV-productions on the following Thursdays in Bondurant 116W at 6:30p:

  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 7
  • November 21
  • December 5

German Honor Society

The Department of Modern Languages maintains an active chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national German Honor Society. Membership is based upon academic performance: Students must be in their third year of learning German, earn a 3.5 GPA in German courses, and a 3.0 overall GPA.  Each year a new class of German students are inducted as new members. For questions about Delta Phi Alpha, please contact the Faculty Sponsor.

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Study Abroad

Year after year, students at The University of Mississippi report that they consider their study abroad experience in the German-speaking world to be rewarding and enlightening. Embark on a journey to discover yourself and the world through study abroad. Email the Study Abroad Advisor in the German program, Dr. Christopher Hutchinson, for an initial consultation to discuss your international ambitions. Then schedule an appointment with Roc Cook, Study Abroad Advisor for Germany and Austria, to discuss your options in the German-speaking world and begin your application.

Summer Study Abroad Programs

Tübingen: Speak German with Confidence

Students live with host families near the Black Forest for two months in the summer while taking immersive language courses. Room, board, and tuition are included in a single package. In Tübingen, students of all levels will earn six credits and explore Southern Germany during weekend excursions and afternoon trips. Tübingen info + Application.

Dortmund: Engineering and Technology

Dortmund University offers excellent academic options in German and STEM fields. STEM courses are in English, while students advance their German in additional courses. In Dortmund, you will build your resume, extend your network, immerse yourself in German culture, and make new friends in a welcoming environment. Dortmund info + Application.

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Semester- and Year-Long Study Abroad Programs

KölnIn the Rhine-Ruhr Megalopolis

The University of Cologne offers courses in English and German for students majoring in German, Business, History, European Studies, International Studies, Literature, and Political Science. Köln info + Application.

 

JenaPolitical Science and German

Jena is a small university town in the state of Thuringia with 21,000 students and, together with the nearby cities of Erfurt and Weimar, constitutes a metropolitan area of 500,000. The Friedrich Schiller University was founded in 1558 and hosts a world-class Political Science department. Courses are in German and English. Jena info + Application.

MainzStudy in the Heart of Germany

Johannes Guttenberg University is perfect German, History, or Political Science majors. Mainz info + Application.

 

Klagenfurt: Study Journalism in Austria

At Alpen-Adria University, journalism students can take electives in English on contemporary topics. Klagenfurt info + Application.

 

PotsdamGerman Studies a train-ride from Berlin

Live in Berlin and study in Potsdam. This program offers a metropolitan experience with courses in German, History, Humanities, International Studies, and Literature. Courses are in German and English. Potsdam info + Application.

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Faculty

The German faculty at the Department of Modern Languages consists of two tenure-track professors and one instructor.

Corina L. Petrescu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of German

Dr. Petrescu earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006). Her teaching and research interests include secret police files as life writing; Yiddish theater in Eastern Europe; transcultural literature; National Socialist Germany; representations of 1968 in the German and Romanian imaginary. She is currently a Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation working on a cultural history of the Jewish State Theater in Bucharest.

Christopher Hutchinson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of German

Dr. Hutchinson earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University (2019). His teaching and research interests include 15th to 18th century German literature and culture, history of medicine, media studies, German national identity, and second language pedagogy.

Kai Wash, M.A., Instructor of German

Mr. Wash received his Master’s degree in Educational Science from the Philipps-Universität Marburg (2016). His areas of study and research include language acquisition for children with migration background, and educational empowerment of students with non-heteronormative identities. He taught primary language acquisition to German native and non-native children for over eight years, before he moved to the United States. He instructs introductory levels of German and shares his culture as an advisor to the German Club.

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Contact Information

Basic Language Program: 100 & 200 Level German

Director of Basic German
Christopher Hutchinson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of German
cjhutch1@olemiss.edu
Bondurant E211A
662-915-7177

Majors and Minors: 300 & 500 Level German

Undergraduate Academic Advisor 
Corina L. Petrescu, Ph.D. Associate Professor of German
petrescu@olemiss.edu
Bondurant E208
662-915-6695

M.A. Students: 500 Level German

Diane Marting, Ph.D.
dmarting@olemiss.edu
Bondurant E-104
662-915-7104

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Financial Assistance

Scholarships and assistantships help many of our students to major and minor in German:

  • William Eickhorst Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Dr. Hans-Jürgen Gaycken German Studies Excellence Award
  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin Martin III Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship

For more details, contact The Office of Financial Aid.