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German Language & Literature Major

The German Language & Literature major at UIndy was created with the goal to teach you not only how to speak and write the language, but to comprehend the language and learn about German culture, literature and philosophy. The major is not simply focused on teaching you the basics of reading and writing in a foreign language, but aims to guide you to a higher understanding of the language and culture of German-speaking countries. Further, you will also be exposed to German business practices and service learning opportunities that incorporate the skills you learn in the classroom. Not only do you gain a wide range of knowledge and experience, but you also study under passionate and knowledgeable faculty.

Program strengths

  • Courses that focus on literature, philosophy, and business practices of Germany
  • Plenty of study abroad opportunities that increase both linguistic and personal skills
  • Gain a cultural understanding of people who live in German-speaking countries
  • Develop communication skills that can be vital to international business relations
  • Faculty who are knowledgeable in the language and culture and understand the relationship between the German-speaking world and North America

Track-based learning

As a German major, you'll have the opportunity to choose between two different track options: literature and business.

Literature track

The literature track focuses on the literary and philosophical works associated with the German language. You can expect to develop an in-depth knowledge of culture and literature, and enhance your translation abilities.

Business track

In the business track, you'll build upon your reading, writing and speaking skills, and be exposed to the international business world. Classes are designed to give you a scope of business expectations, environment and processes. Your education will still be focused on culture and literature, but you will also have the added knowledge of how business is conducted in a foreign country.

German majors have interned or worked for:

  • International Center of Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Community organizations and corporations

Potential careers in German language & literature

With a degree in German, you'll be prepared to do a lot more than just speak and write the language. You'll gain knowledge in international business and German cultures, and have opportunities for community involvement. When the major is paired with another degree from UIndy, you increase your opportunities even more. Some recent graduates have gone on to:

  • Graduate school: Whether you are pursuing a master’s degree in linguistics, research or business, a degree in German language and literature can help prepare you for graduate-level work. 
  • Government work: The U.S. government and state governments often employ those who possess cultural understanding, can speak a foreign language, and can help with international relationships.
  • Translation and interpretation: One of the most common types of jobs for those who hold a degree in a foreign language is that of a translator or interpreter, which allows you to translate works of literature or assist companies when they work with foreign businesses.
  • Information technology: Germany is a world leader in technology and science, which means that the German language is often used in the realm of technology, so having a working understand of the language can assist you in these types of careers.
  • Entrepreneurs: Some of our graduates have gone on to open up their own businesses, some of which are international endeavors. 

German language & literature might be for you if:

  • You have a desire to learn about foreign cultures
  • You want to learn a new language
  • You enjoy philosophy, literature and music
  • You want to learn foreign business practices
  • You enjoy learning on your own as well as engaging with other students
  • You are interested in teaching a foreign language

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a German language & literature major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The German language & literature guide lists the classes you'll need to take to fulfill the major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.