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Knowing German can boost your annual salary by 4%. Many businesses seek employees fluent in German to interact with partners around the world.


What is German Studies at WVU like?


A major in German Studies offers a solid liberal arts education that is the foundation for personal and professional success and growth over a lifetime. The curriculum provides students with well-developed cognitive and communication skills and with a broad knowledge base that will enable them to pursue additional studies at the graduate level or to enter the job market in positions that will demand knowledge of German language and culture.

The skills gained with a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies complement and add value to a degree in any field. Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world and the largest in Europe, and is a center for scientific innovation as well as intellectual thought. Many businesses seek employees who are fluent in the language to reach out to economic partners throughout the world.

Around 20% of people living in the U.S. claim German heritage, and Germany is a political and economic powerhouse within the European Union.

Learning German is not that difficult for speakers of English because the two languages share common roots. And, learning German is fun!

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What makes German Studies at WVU unique?

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

German Studies graduates have found jobs in teaching, translating, foreign diplomacy, foreign correspondence, travel agencies, international airlines, import-export work, international corporations and in agencies of the federal government. As a supplement to other skills, the knowledge of a foreign language such as German is a valuable professional commodity.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's German Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in German Studies at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's German Studies major.

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Popular Courses

FLIT 226:
German Fairy Tales: Nationalism and Supernaturalism during the Romantic Era

An introduction to the German fairy tale tradition. Students apply different theoretical perspectives to the study of fairy tales collected by the Grimm Brothers, analyze variations of the same tales produced in other countries and over a span of centuries, and learn about the significance that folk and art fairy tales held for German Romanticism.

GER 246:
Introduction to German Film

PR or CONC: GER 203. Historical overview of German cinema through viewing films (in German) and reading supplementary theoretical texts, students will learn about the history of film-making in Germany during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

GER 361:
German for Business

Advanced communication course that explores professional life in Germany. Students will develop practical speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills while developing a broad understanding of business, commerce, and industry.

Cost and Aid

How much does German Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $428
Per Semester $5,136
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,272
Per Credit $1,165
Per Semester $13,980
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,960
Per Credit $1,165
Per Semester $14,280
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,560
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What are the requirements to apply for German Studies at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's German Studies major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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