Meet our German Majors and Alumni


Majoring in German can take you where you want to go!

To study the cultures and language of the German-speaking world is to connect with the most powerful economy and an important political center in contemporary Europe. It is also to learn about a history of innovation and influence in the arts, philosophy, natural and social sciences, politics and technology from Gutenberg to Dürer, Luther, Leibniz, Kant, Goethe, Beethoven, Droste-Hülshoff, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Kafka, Arendt, and Merkel. Students in German engage with award-winning faculty to develop their creativity as well as core critical thinking and research skills, become more engaged citizens in a globally connected world, and prepare themselves for a wide spectrum of careers. German Studies graduates work in public policy, medicine, engineering, business, teaching, translation, medicine, scientific research, law and many other fields.

Arts and Sciences in Action: A German View of the World

Megan Stanton

"Rutgers has great teachers and the opportunity to apply your knowledge in Study Aboard experiences is excellent preparation for life choices."

Megan Stanton

Study German

German is used by 130 million people worldwide and is the most commonly spoken native language of the European Union.
Gain the linguistic and cultural skills to build global networks in finance, engineering or politics.Engage with the rich intellectual history and artistic traditions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and acquire the analytic and writing skills to excel both professionally and in future graduate study.

The Department of German is part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As a German major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

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