Aerial view of Berlin


College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Arts

Are you interested in learning a foreign language that will give you a powerful career advantage? How about reading some of the greatest works of literature ever written? German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven and the most widely spoken native language in Europe. Learning German not only introduces you to a different culture, it also expands your options on the job market. Germany is the largest economy in the European Union, the fourth largest in the world and home to numerous market leaders, such as Siemens, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes, Adidas and Lufthansa.

Major Requirements

As a German major, you'll choose one of three tracks of study: language and literature, area studies or culture and commerce. In the first track your studies will emphasize literary figures, movements and themes. If you have a broader interest in German history and culture, the area studies track allows you to select from courses in a range of departments (such as history, philosophy and economics) that deepen your understanding of the German-speaking world. The culture and commerce track focuses on functional language competency and is designed to enable students to live and work in a German-speaking environment. A key feature of this track is a work/study experience abroad.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Academic Librarian
  • Academic Research Scientist
  • Automotive Engineering Intern
  • Project Engineer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • High School German Instructor
  • Study Abroad Coordinator

Graduate Study

  • Global affairs
  • International business
  • Philosophy
  • Art history
  • Economics
  • Linguistics

Alumni Employers

  • Emergency Department at John Muir Medical Center
  • Viticulturist
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • UC Davis Extension
  • Brown University
Two students inspect a photo on a window.
Internship opportunities

Explore internships and jobs on campus and beyond.

Learn more


Students smile and listen in a lecture.
Your course roadmap

Find the detailed course requirements for your program and map out your path to graduation.

Learn more


Two people in safety goggles inspect a test.
The faculty you will work with

Our undergraduates work directly with our faculty through research projects and labs.

Learn more


study abroad student explores europe
Global learning programs

Expand your horizons by studying abroad or pursuing global learning on campus.

Learn more


rebecca hernandez examines plants as part of her energy ecology work
Undergraduate research

Get hands on with your interests. Participate in one of our hundreds of research opportunities.

Learn more


A student wears a cap and gown.
What can I do with my major?

Learn how to connect your major to career opportunities.

Learn more