Why study German?
German is the largest language group in the European Union and Germany is the leading economy in Europe. There are numerous German, Austrian and Swiss firms operating in South Africa, employing a significant number of South Africans. In addition to the well-known firms and brand names, there are a number of NGOs and foundations active in South Africa. A knowledge of German is certainly an advantage when applying for a job and becomes essential when one is climbing the corporate ladder. It enables one to take full advantage of training programmes in Germany. German Studies also houses the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Information Centre and provides information and support to students wishing to take advantage of funded opportunities for postgraduate study at a German university.
German combines well with all other courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, History, International Relations, Music, Art History, Drama and Film and is an excellent elective for Science, Law and Commerce students. There are numerous career paths to consider: Translation, the diplomatic corps, tourism, journalism and many more. All undergraduate courses from Basic German to 3rd year are designed to provide competence in contemporary German and a critical appreciation of the literature, thought, history and civilisation of German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
The postgraduate degrees BA Honours and MA by coursework and Research Report or Dissertation and PhD are also offered. Research Profile German Studies staff are active in research:
Prof. Anette Horn: cosmopolitanism and globalisation (18th century); Jean Paul; J.M.R Lenz; Heinrich von Kleist; Nietzsche; Rilke; Franz Kafka; GDR-Literature; Musil; Thomas Bernhard, Gottfried Benn, feminism; modern and contemporary German literature; and South African literature. See https://www.wits.ac.za/staff/academic-a-z-listing/h/anettehornwitsacza/. Prof. Peter Horn: His research interests include modern German literature from Lessing to Uwe Timm (Hoelderlin, Kleist, Buechner, Musil, Rilke, Kafka, Frisch, Handke, Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard); Theory of literature; and South African literature. See: https://www.wits.ac.za/staff/academic-a-z-listing/h/peterhornwitsacza/. Prof Kathleen Thorpe: Contemporary Austrian and German prose, narratology and literary translation, Austrian Studies, Gender Studies and Women's Writing, European Literature, Transnationalism and Multiculturalism.