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 2022 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. If you would like more information, please email

What can you do with a degree in German Studies?

Graduate school:

In 2022, many German studies majors embarked on graduate school journeys. They pursued various advanced degrees, with the majority dedicated to their PhD, JD, and MFA. Their graduate field interest ranges from applied mathematics to comparative literature and history.

These ambitious individuals have chosen to continue their education at prestigious institutions like the California Institute of the Arts, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan.


The majority of German studies graduates entered sectors in consulting, financial services, technology, and nonprofit organizations.

Where 2022 German Studies Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Amazon Web Services Software Engineer
Deutsche Bank Corporate Banking Analyst
New York Times News Assistant
Partners Capital Investment Analyst
Public Library of Science Publications Assistant
United States Air Force Intelligence Officer