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This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

The Germanic Studies major focuses on the study of both German language and culture including literature, film, history and society. Whether you are a beginner in the language, or are a background speaker of German, you can complete a major in Germanic Studies.

You can begin German language studies at different entry levels from beginners to the advanced level. The exit level is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR: A1 - C2), which guarantees the international comparability and transferability of your language skills.

German cultural studies include seminars on German literature, applied linguistics, film, history and society from the 17th century to the present. Through these seminars, you will gain an in-depth understanding of German speaking countries and their culture. You can also participate in our exchange program with universities in Bamberg, Berlin, Cologne, Constance, Freiburg, Munich, and Vienna as part of your major.

The Germanic Studies major combines well with any major in Arts and Social Sciences as well as with Law, Business and the Sciences. If you are not majoring in German, you can take German as a Minor or German units as electives. If you have already completed your undergraduate study, you can still study German by taking the Diploma in Language Studies.

Our graduates have a good understanding of German culture and society and can take advantage of career opportunities both in Australia and overseas or may continue to Honours and Postgraduate Studies.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to theĀ Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Students will follow the appropriate pathway specified in the unit of study tables, based on their individual language level. Students completing any of the pathways for a major will be awarded a major in Germanic Studies.

Appropriate language units are determined either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate (as listed in the pathways linked above) or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If you are unsure of your language level or which pathway is appropriate for you, please contact the Department for advice.

This pathway is suitable for those that have completed HSC Beginners course (with a mark above 70) or the German Continuers (with a mark below 70), or equivalent.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications and media officer
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Cultural or development officer
  • International relations and trade
  • Language specialist
  • Teacher (with further study)
  • Policy analyst
  • Public service positions
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Travel and tourism consultant
Career pathways
Courses that offer this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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