A bachelor’s degree with a major in German studies is designed for students who desire to have a solid foundation in the German language, linguistics, cultural studies, and literature and a future career in translation, teaching or interpretation. A degree will develop the student’s language skills in both oral and written forms and the many ways that these affect politics, business, and daily life, among others.
German is Europe’s most widely and commonly spoken language and the steady and continuous rise of Germany in European finance, industry, technology, and international affairs ensures the employment of individuals who are proficient in the language. Opportunities for graduates have become increasingly available as a result of Germany’s prominence in politics and business in the EU.
Besides the usual occupations as interpreters, teachers, and translators, the German degree holder has good prospects in finance, advertising, commerce, tourism, consulting, journalism, trade, the diplomatic service, and hospitality industry, among others. Multinational companies that are engaged in the import and export business can use German-proficient personnel to handle accounts and act as liaison to suppliers.
Graduates of German Studies can work as cultural managers or curators for museums, as editors for publishing houses, magazines or newspapers, as writers of textbooks or as documentary specialists for government agencies. Instead of teaching high school German, graduates can opt to teach for a satellite office of the Goethe-Institut, the language-learning and cultural arm of the German government.
Getting Assistance with Employment
Most people are apprehensive to study German and obtain a degree because of the wrong notion that job opportunities will be scarce after graduation. Graduates can seek the assistance of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or DAAD for short, in finding work as language aides in German departments in colleges, universities, and other educational institutions in countries that are non-German speaking.
The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or DAAD, is a self-regulating, state- and federally-funded national agency that represents 100 technical and non-technical universities, 52 colleges of art and music, and 162 general universities that offer applied sciences. The DAAD helps German language graduates as literary and cultural mediators; the duration of these appointments last between three and five years.
German Studies Programs and Courses
Many schools in the U.S. offer programs and courses in German studies such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oregon State University, Emory University Amherst College, Southwestern University, San Francisco State University, the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Middlebury College, Valparaiso University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of California-Berkeley.
Additionally, several U.S. schools now offer German Language Teacher Education degrees for those who want to teach German to American students as well as non-German speaking foreigners in the U.S. These schools include Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, Tennessee’s Lipscomb University, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Philadelphia’s Duquesne University.
The Columbus campus of Ohio State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, Minnesota State University-Mankato, the Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and Dana College in Blair, Nebraska all offer German Language Teacher Education undergraduate programs.