What Can I Do with a Major in German?

Unification has underscored the political, economic, and cultural importance of Germany. German has become the second most popular language after English in much of Europe. Germans have also been one of the largest ethnic groups among American immigrants. Students of German, therefore, not only learn about another people; they gain new insights and perspectives on our own history, society, and culture.

German majors*:
  • perceive word patterns and structures
  • translate ideas/languages
  • explain other cultures
  • compose and express thoughts

Like other liberal arts backgrounds, a major in foreign language and literature serves as a good base for careers in fields where broad educational experience is more important than a strictly vocational major. Combining language knowledge with other skills can lead to positions in such diverse areas as journalism, business, tourism, and government service. A second major or minor are options many language students choose to help achieve their career goals.

Career options for German graduates include**:
  • industry sales assistant
  • marketing specialist
  • banker
  • public health worker
  • commercial attaché

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that German majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to German majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.