Welcome to German Studies at USC!

What is the rationale for taking German Studies at USC?

The German Studies Program at USC offers a complete language program (including business German) and a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with the option to minor in German Studies. We offer classes in German and in English.

Our goal is twofold:

1) to provide students with a linguistic skill set and the cultural competence to communicate in a meaningful way when they travel, study, live or work in a German speaking country.

2) to enable students to follow and interpret current events, and to explore the cultural tradition and intellectual history of German speaking countries while they start to develop and hone their research skills.

  • We offer a stimulating and challenging learning environment - our program provides ample opportunity for students to discover the culture, current affairs and everyday life in German speaking countries.

  • Our courses are based on a student-centered approach and conducted in an interactive format.

  • All of the instructors are ACTFL certified oral proficiency testers, and writing proficiency test raters for German.

  • One of the advantages of a small program is the faculty student ratio - the classes are small and each student gets a lot of individual attention. The maximum number of students in the language classes is 19 and upper-division classes are even smaller.

  • Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies of German culture, politics, history and other fields.

  • A wide variety of special collections and facilities on campus and in the L.A. area offer excellent opportunities for students to get involved in research on German Studies topics. The facilities include the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, the Max Kade Institute, the Shoah Foundation, Villa Aurora and the Wende Museum (For more information scroll further down and look under "Research and Special Collections at USC and under "German Institutions in L.A.")

  • Study Abroad programs in Berlin and Dresden with the opportunity for overseas studies after two or four semesters of German.

  • The German Studies Program offers a six-week teaching internship in collaboration with the Goethe International Charter School. For more information contact Dr. Bothe.

  • The faculty makes it a priority to create an atmosphere of a “small-town” community in a megalopolis research institution. We know our students by name and our small classes also make it easier for you as a student to get to know your classmates. Each semester every German Studies professor takes each of his/her classes to dinner at a restaurant.

  • We offer a range of extracurricular activities such as film screenings,dinners with your professors, seasonal parties and Stammtisch (the opportunity to practice your German outside of the classroom once a week).

  • The program has an active German Club that organizes events throughout the semester.

  • USC is a testing site for the internationally recognized Goethe Institut tests "Start Deutsch 2," "Zertifikat Deutsch B1" and "Goethe Zertifikat C1." After one year of German, most students can pass "Start Deutsch 2," and after 2 years the "Zertifikat Deutsch B1" - We suggest you take these tests for the internationally recognized certificates - it will be a great asset on your resume! For more information about the Goethe examinations talk to Dr. Bothe (THH 353) or visit the Goethe Institut website.

Research and Special Collections at USC

Institutions of German Speaking Countries and German Studies Archives in the Los Angeles Area

German Consulate, Los Angeles

Welcome to the website of the German Consulate General in Los Angeles. Here you will find information on Germany, the consular services we provide in our Visa, Passport, Legal section and German-related news and events in our area.

6222 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500 

Los Angeles, CA 90048-5193 

Phone: (323) 930 2703    Fax:(323) 930 2805

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Austrian Consulate, Los Angeles

Welcome to the website of the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles!

Our website aims at providing you an overview of news from and about Austria, as well as comprehensive information on visas, passports, Austrian citizenship, travel to Austria and much more.

11859 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 501
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Fax: 310 477 9897

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Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts. Its Research Library with special collections of rare materials and digital resources serves an international community of scholars and the interested public.

The Getty Research Institute offers a special guide to Holocaust-Era research.

Goethe Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. 
We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. We also foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.

Los Angeles Berlin Sister City Committee

On June 27, 1967, Berlin became Los Angeles` 6th sister city with the Committee`s mission to advance the relationship in every possible way between the two prominent cities: culturally, intellectually, commercially and socially. Among the primary activities are fundraisers that promote social and cultural exchanges between the two cities, as well as specific exchanges in the field of the arts, music, literature and science.

Rifkind Center at LACMA

The Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies is a research facility devoted to the study of the expressionist movement, which flourished in Germany during the early twentieth century.

The center houses a collection of approximately 5,000 prints and drawings and a catalogued library of more than 6,000 volumes. This collection is available by appointment only to art historians, scholars, and students. 

Villa Aurora

Villa Aurora is an artists residence and historic landmark located in the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta. To promote and foster German-American cultural exchange and to remember the European exiles that settled in Southern California, Villa Aurora offers a variety of public lectures, screenings and performances.

MAK Center

The Pearl M. Mackey Apartments (1939) were secured by the Republic of Austria in 1995 and soon thereafter were established as the location of the first permanent arts residency scholarship program for Austrian artists and architecture students outside of the country. Since then, the Mackey Apartments have become the vibrant base of the MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence Program, today one of the most sought-after international scholarships.

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Wende Museum

The collections of the Wende Museum concentrate on preservation of cultural, political artifacts and documentary materials that are at-risk or are critical to scholarly investigation, and personal artifacts and histories that capture the lived experience beneath the ideological battles and geopolitical struggles of the Cold War.

German American Business Association (GABA)

GABA is a member-driven non-profit organization that fosters transatlantic knowledge-sharing and networking among German-American and Californian business and tech communities. GABA is dedicated to encouraging German-American business and trade. GABA members represent all facets of the international professional business community including high-tech and life science firms, trade specialists, bankers, venture capitalists, insurance, government officials, attorneys, translation firms, marketing firms, consultants, and entrepreneurs.

Contact Us

Taper Hall 255

3501 Trousdale Parkway #255

Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353

Phone: (213) 740-2735

Fax: (213) 740-8550

  • Britta Bothe
  • University of Southern California
  • Taper Hall 353
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway #255
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353