German has a long established reputation at Swansea and has five members of staff, including two native speakers: Professor Tom Cheesman, Ms. Christiane Günther, Dr Brigid Haines, Ms Ute Keller-Jenkins and Professor Julian Preece. German is available on two single honours BA programmes (BA Modern Languages and BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting) and a range of joint honours combinations, either at post-A level or from Beginners.
In BA Modern Languages you can study German by itself (what used to be called single honours German) or in combination with French, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish. You choose from options including ‘Song Cultures’, ‘German Cinema since the Millennium’, ‘Power and the Personal’, ‘Berlin in the Twentieth Century’, ‘Improving your German with Poetry’, and ‘Underground Vienna’, as well as Interpreting, Translation Workshop and, in your final year, a dissertation. We have partnerships with the following German universities where you can spend your year abroad: Augsburg, Bamberg, Mannheim, Regensburg, and Würzburg. You can also work as a British Council Language Assistant or take a work placement. BA Modern Languages offers a broad-based curriculum with three ‘pathways’, in Culture, Education and Translation.
In BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting you take German alongside another language and specialist modules such as Computer-Assisted Translation Tools and Concepts in Translation. You are obliged to split your year abroad, practising Translation and Interpreting in two languages at two institutions from our list of prestigious partners. Those for German are based in Cologne, Innsbruck, Mainz, and Zurich.
All students of German can take part in the weekly Sprachcafé and join the University German Society.
You can specialise in German on the MA degrees in Translation and Interpreting and Professional Translation, which also have options of internships and study abroad. We currently have two research students writing projects on German topics in the Research Centre for Contemporary German Culture (CCGC).