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German (B.A.)

In today’s increasingly interdependent world, the ability to speak a second language is an extremely valuable skill and learning German boosts career prospects and salaries in many fields. Germany is the largest economy in the European Union, a key trading partner with the United States and a leader in science and research. German companies like Adidas, Lufthansa, Bayer, T-Mobile and Volkswagen employ 800,000 people in the US alone, with US companies creating the same number of jobs in Germany. In this program, you will learn to effectively speak, read and write in German, with courses in conversation, grammar, reading comprehension, and culture and literature. You also have many study abroad opportunities from short-term faculty-led summer programs to a semester or longer stays immersed in the German culture and language. The major offers great flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Want to set yourself apart from other job applicants
  • Like to learn about the German culture
  • Interested in global issues and travel
  • Want to work internationally
  • Are a good listener and communicator

Career Opportunities

  • International business
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • US Government
  • Tourism/travel
  • Any business that is looking for a globally-minded employee

Recent Employers

  • Daktronics
  • Several Universities
  • Sixt Car Rental
  • T-Mobile
  • Law Office

Internship Opportunities

  • International internships in Germany

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Global Studies
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Aerospace Studies/Military Science

Clubs and Organizations

  • German Club
  • Delta Phi Alpha

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.