What is German Studies?
In German Studies, we focus on all areas of German speaking cultures and their crucial roles in the formation of the modern world. Our faculty have interdisciplinary interests, teaching and researching in fields that include language and literature, but also cross over into:
Art History|Comparative Literature|Critical Race/Ethnic Studies|Film Studies|History|Jewish Studies|Philosophy| Political Science|Gender Studies
Why study German Studies?
- German speakers have played major roles in many fields, including: art, architecture, film, literature, music, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology and more
- German is the most commonly spoken first language in Europe
- Germany is the largest US trading partner
- German is the second most common scholarly language after English
How do we prepare you for your future?
- prepare students with practice in innovative and creative thinking
- teach skills in writing, critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis
- help students learn adaptability and flexibility
all necessary to live and work in a complex, increasingly globalized world.
A degree in German studies will also equip you with discipline specific knowledge: German language skills as well as historical and contemporary perspectives on cultures in German speaking countries.
What do our students do after studying German?
Our students enter a variety of fields, including
Education | Law | Marketing | Politics | Activism | International Affairs | Museum Work | Publishing | Military | Tech Industry | Medicine | University Administration (more)
Many go on to prestigious graduate programs, including
Duke University | Georgetown University| Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany| John’s Hopkins University| Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey| New York University| Penn State University| Princeton University| University of Chicago| University of Denver| University of Hamburg, Germany| University of Washington| Washington University, St. Louis| Yale University
A sampling of companies/institutions that our graduates have worked at
Action Reconciliation for Peace Amazon Kindle |Amazon.com|APS Online School|BMW|Concentration Camp Memorial Museum Sachsenhausen|Department of Defense|Fort Collins High School|Gay Museum of Berlin|Knox College|Metropolitan State College|MMP Living|Paradigm Press|Peace Corps|Platform 3|Portland Community College|Rachel Carson Center, University of Munich|Rocky Mountain School for Experiential Learning|Skidmore College|Strategic Research Organization (Think tank in Turkey)|Sun Microsystems|Sykes Enterprises|United States Holocaust Memorial Museum|University of Arizona|University of Colorado Boulder|United States Army|United States Air Force|University of Regensburg|University of Wisconsin Madison|Widefield High School|Woodrow Wilson Center Global Women’s Leadership Initiative
Our flexible requirements allow our students to double major. Our students often complete a second major in fields such as:
Business|Biology|Computer Science|Jewish Studies|History|Engineering|Linguistics| International Affairs|Mathematics|Philosophy|Women and Gender Studies
We also offer several certificates.
Opportunities include programs for the
in several cities
Scholarships and Awards
We offer several scholarships and awards!
German Club and Events
Our active German Club and our events schedule help form an exciting community!