The comprehensive nature of the University of Georgia enables innovative cross-campus collaborations that benefit our students as well as our state and nation.
Take, for example, the University’s dual bachelor’s degree program in German and engineering, which is now in its third year. In addition to providing students with a rigorous engineering education, the program gives students German language skills, international work experience and a deep cultural understanding that fosters collaboration and positions students for success in today’s globalized economy. The program is particularly important here in Georgia, where more than 80 German firms—including Porsche, Mercedes Benz and Siemens—have established a major presence.
Through the five-year program, students earn a bachelor’s degree in German as well as a bachelor’s degree in their chosen engineering field. In the fourth year of their studies, they engage in four weeks of intensive language instruction at the Goethe-Institut in Bonn, Germany, study for a semester at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology—one of Germany’s most highly regarded technical universities—and have a three- to four-month internship with a German engineering company. Scholarships are available to students thanks to the support of the Atlanta-based Halle Foundation, and the growth of the program creates even more opportunities for partnerships with organizations in Germany and here in the United States.
In addition to cultural competence and other soft skills, employers are increasingly seeking workers with the advanced knowledge that graduate education provides. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs typically requiring a master’s degree is expected to grow by 22 percent in the coming years, compared to 17 percent for a bachelor’s degree alone. Advanced education also translates into higher salaries, with holders of master’s degrees earning nearly 20 percent more than those who hold a bachelor’s degree alone.
Earlier this academic year, UGA launched an ambitious program known as Double Dawgs that gives students more than 130 opportunities to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less. Through the Double Dawgs program, students take graduate-level coursework in the final year of their undergraduate studies. In doing so, they save time and money and give themselves a competitive advantage after graduation. Discipline specific Double Dawgs programs include linked bachelor’s/master’s programs in fields ranging from agribusiness to genetics and computer science, and several Double Dawgs programs span disciplines, including the linked bachelor’s degree in history or English and master’s degree in education, as well as several engineering/MBA programs.
The University of Georgia is proud to be the state’s comprehensive, flagship institution of higher education and the birthplace of our nation’s system of public higher education. With outstanding faculty and innovative programs, we continue to innovate in ways that change the lives of students and promote economic vitality and quality of life here in Georgia and beyond.