College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Modern Languages > Student Resources > Language Resources > German
German is a major world language that is spoken in Austria, Germany, Luxemburg, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. In the European Union, it is the principal business language, second only to English. Knowledge of the German language and German-speaking cultures gives students access to positions in international business, government and communications, as well as careers in education, music, theater and the arts.
The German faculty sponsor cultural events and lectures by visiting
scholars and writers in the fields of literature, cinema, and political
sciences. Recent speakers include: a contemporary novelist; an
Afro-German activist and poet;the Austrian General Consul, who spoke on
the European Union; the German consul, an expert translator himself, who
lectured on the art of translating; a concert of poetry and music (in
cooperation with the School of Music), in honor of Goethe; and a staged
reading of a drama (in cooperation with the Theatre School). Students are also able to participate in citywide events (forums,
readings, round tables) at other universities and institutions such as
the Chicago Cultural Center, the Goethe Institute and the Chicago
International Film Festival.