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. Majors pursue individual interests in courses addressing literature and philosophy, culture and society, aesthetics and media, as well as critical and political thought. In consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, courses with a substantial German component from other departments may also be included for the major.

Sample classes

  • 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


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 German 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