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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Careers in German

Completing a BA degree in German prepares students for a host of careers dealing with Germany, one of the United States’ most important partners internationally. Students who major in German will learn about German culture, history, politics, and society, providing a context with which to understand the leading role played by Germany in the European Union, both politically and economically. While becoming proficient in German, the most spoken language in Europe with approximately 90 million speakers worldwide, students will gain an understanding of Germany’s historical importance, the cultural background of the largest European immigrant group in the United States, and the home country of over 100 companies in South Carolina. They will also have opportunities to study abroad in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. 

 USC has the largest undergraduate German program in South Carolina. Students in the program take advantage of a medium-sized program with nine full-time faculty members and diverse course offerings in German language, literature, culture, linguistics, and Business German. The program’s graduates have received numerous fellowships and internships from the Fulbright Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, and BMW in Spartanburg. Recent USC German majors have been accepted at graduate programs, including those at USC, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Virginia.

 Students who graduate with a degree in German will be equipped with the following skills:

  • proficiency in the German language
  • critical thinking/analytical reasoning
  • verbal and written skills in English
  • research experience
  • cross-cultural literacy
  • global awareness
  • ability to work with diverse groups

Careers to Consider

International Business
International Law
Government
Foreign Service
Tourism

Teaching and research at universities
Secondary/Primary Education
Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Translation and Interpreting
Journalism

Advanced Degrees especially attractive for students with a background in German

German Studies
Germanic Languages and Literatures
Comparative Literature
Linguistics
International Business

Law
Political Science
History
Economics
European Studies