Why German?


The German Studies program prepares its graduates for careers in, among others:

  • Business
  • History
  • Political science
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Art history
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Law

Some courses in the natural sciences, if supplemented with readings in German, may also be applied toward the German studies major.

Study abroad is strongly recommended to increase fluency and proficiency in the German language.


Core language courses in German Studies for both the major and minor develop German comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. This prepares students to communicate effectively in everyday situations and in the academic realm. Majors also take two semesters of a second language.

The electives for the major and minor are selected from courses in the German Studies catalogue, and also from History, Economics, Philosophy, and other Disciplines that offer courses relating to German culture. These courses provide a broad, interdisciplinary experience that also complements high-level language skills.