I enjoyed these classes so much that I continued past the language requirement of German 3 and went on to complete German 4, 5, and 6 the following year. At this point, I was developing as much of a relationship with the graduate students who lectured us as much as my fellow students. With such good experiences already, at that point I made the best decision of my academic career and went on to participate in the Travel Study program to Vienna, Munich, and Berlin through the German department.
My language skills grew immensely during my time at UCLA because of how my classes in the German department challenged me. I read Franz Kafka and Sigmund Freud in their original German forms, and I discussed culturally-relevant topics such as immigration reform and the economy of reunified Germany. I realized just how much my skills had grown, however, when I was able to read, debate, and analyze 20th Century German literature all in German. Yet I enjoyed my two years of German classes at UCLA for reasons beyond the language itself.
After learning about Holocaust and the Second World War, I questioned whether this was all that Germany was known for. I became intrigued to learn more about Germany, and before I knew it, I declared German as my major. One of the advantages of being a German major at UCLA is that I never had to worry about my classes being full, and that the professors or TAs have more time to answer questions or help you, especially when you are starting to learn the language.
For anyone considering studying German, or even just learning the language: do it. Studying German opened up my creativity and intellect, gave me tools to live and work in the global community, and has shaped the course of the rest of my life.
The German program at UCLA, with its incredibly knowledgeable and helpful professors and graduate student TAs, only served to deepen my already burning passion for this language and culture.
I especially enjoyed the German culture classes, which ranged from intercultural Germany to contemporary German cinema, because these classes gave me more insight into many new aspects and perspectives of the German culture, which I hadn’t experienced. It was because of these classes that I decided to major in German.
I started studying German because of its large business opportunities. I study economics and German economy is fascinating because it has been through a lot of changes, hyperinflation, expansions and depressions, and still today is one of the strongest economies in the world.
Studying German has been an extremely rewarding experience for me, largely thanks to my time as a student of the inspiring professors of the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA.
I was nervous starting German classes at UCLA, but after the first week I realized there was nothing to be nervous about. The professors and students all understood that each and every person learns a language at different paces and they were all helpful and encouraging.
I was so inspired by what I learned through the German Department that I am now studying International Education at Columbia University, with a research interest in intercultural Germany.
At UCLA I had the pleasure of enhancing my German speaking skills while researching the history of Germany, learning about both their mistakes and triumphs, reading German literature with the thrill of reading the texts in their original language, and learning about the cultural and business aspects.
If someone had told me before entering UCLA that I would major in German, I would have laughed at them. Now, a recent UCLA graduate, I could not be happier with my decision to not only learn German but also go abroad for a year and fully immerse myself in the German culture.
Bryanna Klarr Weiche
I am so grateful that I chose to be a language major because it gave me a chance to broaden my horizons into another culture and through campus clubs and events I was able to meet people from German speaking countries.
I often say that the German Department saved my experience at UCLA. I was not particularly fond of my major’s department, and identified much more with my German minor. German TA’s and professors went out of their way to help and listen to every student. I met no jaded professors or TA’s. Every teacher I had was a fair grader and enforced a sense of community within the class. I cannot speak more highly of my experience with the UCLA German Department and hope to make them proud with my future business ventures in Germany.
Learning German has enhanced my skills in other languages, as German is so rich in grammar, that a strong understanding of grammatical structure in the general sense is a must. It has also helped me professionally, as due to my German language skills, I was able to advance at a law firm that required me to translate seminars into German.