In College and University
A reading knowledge of German is valuable in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, psychology, history, theology, international law and archaeology.
In view of the important economic role of the European Union, a knowledge of German qualifies you to work for multinational employer who want to capitalize on export to the European Union and Eastern European countries and vice versa. Knowing German could help you get a good job, and it may be a significant factor in your professional advancement.
In Research and Development
Germany remains one of the largest contributors to research and development in the world. A reading knowledge of German helps you in the fields of agriculture, medical and health research, alternative energies, the environment, information and communication technologies and mineral processing.
In the Arts, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology
Many of the greatest thinkers of the modern era wrote in German: Freud, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kant, Kafka, Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Hesse, Mann, Schnitzler and Grass, the list goes on and on. In music, some of the world’s most influential composers like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner or Kurt Weill come from Germany and Austria. And, if you’re interested in film, you will inevitably encounter German film makers such as Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and 2003 Oscar winner Caroline Link.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in foreign affairs, international trade or national defense, German is a must. As mentioned above, Germany enjoys the reputation of being the most powerful country in Europe politically, financially and economically.
These are only a few examples of possible career choices. For current openings, you may want to check the Sunday New York Times under “Bilingual.” The faculty in the German program will be happy to answer any other questions regarding a possible career in German.