Skip to main content

German StudiesMajor

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

Overview

What is German Studies at WVU like?

Description

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!

Discover WVU Open House

High school students: Finding the right path can begin at Discover WVU, an open house on October 19 or November 16 designed to help you explore the possibilities and set your sights on the future you’ve always imagined. Register today!

Can't make it to Discover WVU? Check out other visit options or our virtual tour.

At a Glance

Next Steps

Interested in this major? Here are some suggested next steps:

Apply NowRequest InfoVirtual TourVisit WVU

Fast Facts

What makes German Studies at WVU unique?


Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Student Organizations

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

View all of the student organizations you can join.

Careers

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.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in German Studies at WVU?

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 2019-20 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 $409
Per Semester $4,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,816
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,332
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,664
International
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,632
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,264
Scholarship Calculator

Estimate your eligibility for merit scholarships at WVU Morgantown.

Visit the Scholarship Calculator
Net Price Calculator

Estimate your cost of attendance and eligibility for financial aid and scholarships at any WVU System campus.

Visit the Net Price Calculator

Ways to Save

Here is a way for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Learn How to Transfer Course Credits

Requirements

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 2020-21 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

I like this major. What are the next steps?

Apply Now

Your first step to becoming a Mountaineer is applying for admission. Our online application makes the process as convenient as possible.

Apply Now

Request Information

Want to know more about German Studies at WVU? Fill out the Request Information form to receive more information about the program and life at WVU.

Request Info

Visit WVU

It's the next-best thing to being here – you can virtually tour residence halls and the WVU Morgantown Campus.

Virtual TourVisit WVU

Interested in talking to someone about WVU?