What will I study in this field?

You can combine study in History, Economics, Languages, and Politics of the German-speaking region. Specific course requirements and flexibility vary between programs, but most require a thesis focusing on a contemporary issue, drawing on study in all these disciplines. All programs require an advanced proficiency in German.

What do area specialists do in the Army?

Most serve as Foreign Area Officers (Functional Area 48), serving as attachés, security assistance officers, staff advisors on military affairs and operations, and liaison officers to foreign militaries. Some may have the opportunity to teach at West Point or service schools.

What kinds of Master's Degree predominate in the field?

MA in German Studies , MA in International Studies (with a focus in Europe and/or Germany)

What kinds of professionals study in a typical German Studies program?

Many graduate students are studying toward a Ph.D. with the intent of teaching at the University level. Others may be studying for an MA, in order to serve with a government agency like the State Department or an Intelligence agency.

Top German Studies Programs for Army Officers:

  • Indiana University
  • Stanford University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Washington
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-5281 or (845)938-0041. When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

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