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German Studies

As a German studies major, you’ll gain proficiency in reading, speaking and writing German, become acquainted with the culture of German-speaking countries and develop skills in reading, analyzing and discussing German texts in relevant disciplines. You can choose between two tracks: the German literature/culture track emphasizes literature, though you can also pursue individual interests in courses on film, visual culture, performing arts, music, political history and women's studies that have a substantial German component. The German Area Studies track is a more broadly defined sequence that includes work in related disciplines.

Sample Courses

  • German Life Style Going Digital
  • Changing Worlds: Migration, Minorities and German Literature
  • Scenes of the Crime: German Mystery and Detective Fiction
  • German in Business Culture

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. "Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school. If you would like more information, please email

More than 4/5 of 2014-2018 graduates reported being Employed or Attending Graduate School, with the majority being Employed. None reported Seeking Employment.

74% of the Class of 2014-2018 German graduates completed the survey. n = 14

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Financial Services
  • Other Nonprofit Organization
  • Technology

Where 2014-2018 Africana Studies Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Citi Corporate Banking Analyst
Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill Program Coordinator
Google Software Engineer
Montage Hotels & Resorts Corporate Management Intern
Peace Corps Peace Corps Volunteer
Public Library of Science Publications Assistant


Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Cornell Heidelberg Exchange Program
  • Economics
  • Education
  • European Literature
  • Psychology

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • Master's
  • PhD
  • MA
  • Post-Bacc

Where 2014-2018 German Graduates Study

  • Frie Universitat Berlin
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • University of Heidelberg
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Toronto