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German (BA)

As a German major, you’ll study German and Austrian cultures (authors, musicians, literature), language and notions of German history. German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union, and German-speaking countries are among the most influential engines driving culture, business and politics today.

Through your studies, you will learn that the German-speaking world is rich and multifaceted, including the works of Mozart, Goethe, Freud, Kafka and Marx. As a German major, you’ll explore the crucial questions of memory and history particular to the German past. You’ll become equipped with crucial skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and intercultural communication—providing you with career opportunities around the world.

You’re encouraged to participate in DePaul’s Study Abroad program with two options: a long-term program in Vienna, and a short-term, human rights-oriented program in Berlin. Through these experiences you’ll grow linguistically and expand your cultural understanding of German-speaking societies.

Our German program also has its own chapter of the German Honorary Society Delta Phi Alpha, and is affiliated with the student-led DePaul Deutsch Club. Several students have been awarded prestigious grants and scholarships, including multiple Fulbright grants and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarships.

We also offer the 3+3 BA/JD program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate German majors to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.

Classes

Coursework

  • Berlin and the Golden Twenties
  • Coffeehouses and Culture in Turn of the Century Vienna
  • German Translation
  • Kafka and the Kafkaesque
  • Business German
  • New German Cinema
  • The German Novella
  • Voicing Migration: Turkish-German Music, Literature, and Film

Concentrations/Tracks

  • Commercial German
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Public policy
  • International business
  • Translation services
  • Research
  • Law
  • Immigration work
  • Education
  • Social services
  • Human rights
More career info

81%

of Modern Languages graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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