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German BA - German Language and Linguistics Concentration

(HEGIS: 11.03 GERMAN, CIP: 16.0501 German Language and Literature)

Department of Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Jeff Good

David Fertig
Program Director

Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Why study German BA - German Language and Linguistics Concentration at UB?

This concentration offers a unique program which combines studies in linguistics and advanced-level studies in German and is intended 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the students are expected to acquire advanced-level proficiency in German in the four areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and cultural knowledge and understanding desired for the target level of proficiency. Also, the students will have the following knowledge in linguistics.

  • Core concepts: Students will comprehend the core concepts of linguistics, as well as the basic literature that assumes such concepts.
  • Critical thinking: Students will master the ability to construct arguments for choosing between alternative analyses of linguistic phenomena and to identify relevant data bearing on the analyses.
  • Problem solving: Students will be able to analyze linguistic data and to construct descriptions of particular linguistic phenomena in German.
  • Communication skills: Students will attain the skills necessary to prepare written and oral presentations on linguistic topics.

The Learning Environment

The program in Linguistics offers a variety of courses types from large lecture classes to small seminars. Many of the more advanced undergraduate courses are combined with graduate offerings, allowing undergraduates to get early exposure to graduate-style coursework. Faculty also regularly offer independent studies for students interested in areas that do not match the program's regular offerings. The program provides a capstone experience through a senior seminar on field methods, where students work with a speaker of a language that is unfamiliar to them to learn about its grammar. It also offers an internship program where students learn about language teaching in local public schools.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s different class structures. Members of the faculty also maintain their own research labs to support work in areas such as phonetics and computational linguistics.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars whose research specializations include phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Faculty work on a variety of languages including German, Japanese and Korean as well as languages of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students completing a BA in Linguistics most often continue in graduate programs, either in linguistics, teaching English as a second language, or cognitive science. Our students have also gone on to law school, and medical school, and have done graduate work in library sciences. Students who have not pursued graduate work have found employment teaching English overseas and this concentration is particularly relevant for employment in Germany. Our students have also been employed in the fields of publishing, literacy development, marketing, public service organizations, and language technology.

Career Choices

  • Announcer (TV/radio)
  • Anthropological linguist
  • Customs inspector
  • Diplomat
  • Educator
  • Foreign student advisor
  • Immigration inspector
  • Import/export agent
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Public relations specialist

Academic Advising

The German program offers a focused yet varied curriculum designed to provide students with the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge necessary for a BA degree. The program offers many options of study beyond elementary and intermediate language instruction, including courses in literature, linguistics, culture and business German. Many students combine a major in German studies with another major, thus improving their chances for career opportunities in an increasingly international marketplace.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Contact Professor Fertig for matters regarding first and second year language instruction; Contact Professor Hoeing for matters concerning the German major and minor.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:50:17