German Studies Minor

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to discover that

a German Studies Minor

comes in handy, but you may want to become one  . . .

find out how German can improve your odds of succeeding!

More than 100 million people are German native speakers!

German is the language with the most native speakers in Europe and the second most widely spoken language among non-native speakers.

You will enhance your employment opportunities in a global economy

Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world.

More than 1000 German companies have subsidiaries in the U.S. and more than 750 U.S. companies do business in Germany. Germany remains the most important investment location for U.S. companies according to the Boston Consulting Group.

You will ease you load as a future graduate student.

A lot of advanced degrees require advanced knowledge of German

(i.e. Art history, music.  .  . etc. - 40 % of scientists in the U.S. recommend the study of German.) German is he second most commonly used language for scholarly publications worldwide and one of the most commonly used languages on the Internet after English.

You will increase your chances for securing prestigious scholarships

There are more than 2000 scholarships and grants awarded each year to U.S. citizens by the German Academic Exchange Program, the Goethe Institut and other institutions and foundations.

Germany is the world’s leader in alternative energies.

Approximately half of all photovoltaic cells, as well as a third of all windmills are produced in Germany. In addition, German companies provide a third of the world’s hydroelectric installations. By March 2009 Germany had already met its 2012 Kyoto Treaty obligations for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, three years ahead of time.

German speaking countries are leading innovators in the world. Germany ranks 3rd in the world with regard to patent applications.

Speak  the language of the most popular country in the world! According to a 2010 BBC poll Germany is the country with the most positive influence in the world.

Research your family history. More than 50 Million Americans claim some German heritage. Perhaps, you are one of them?!

Don't be lost in translation! Take German and you will be able to read significant contributions to the field of literature, science, philosophy, psychology, history, music, politics . . . in the original.


Train your German Shepherd in German :) 

Cook German recepies

Find a German speaking pen pal: Goethe Institut

Information mostly based on: Facts about Germany, CIA Factbook,, and

  • Britta Bothe
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